DSL - DOST   Bere, Beir, n.2 Also: ber, beire, beyr, bier, bijr, birre, beer, bear(e, beair; bair(e, bayr.  [ME. and OE. bere.] Barley. Brede of bere, = BERE-BREDE. (a)  Petir ... bad ger bring hym bred of bere; Leg. S. i. 426.  He socht to saw thare bere and ry; Ib. xxvii. 988.  Land to the sawing of sex ferlotis of bere; 1388 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 294.  A boll off bere for awcht or ten [pennies] In comowne prys sawld wes then; Wynt. vii. 3615.  The bere, quheyt, and yrn, he tuk fra my childyr in Abyrden; 1456 Misc. Bann. C. III. 97.  The wrangwis withhalding of ... x bollis of bere; 1479 Acta Conc. 25/1.  Extending in the hale to xxviij bollis of mele and ber; 1493 Crosraguel Chart. I. 57.  The cornys croppis and the beris new brerd; Doug. xii. Prol. 77.  Fyftyne bollis ane pec of gude sufficient bere for thair ferme of the samyn; 1546 Reg. Cupar A. II. 35.  Fayftine chalders vituall, tua pert mell and thrid pert ber; 1604 Misc. Hist. Soc. II. 245. (b)  The said Johnne sal pay ... a boll of beir yheirly; 1450 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 135.  In grangeys, xxiiij chaldyr of beyr; 1456 Misc. Bann. C. III. 93.  The Vicar ... had ... all the beir that I had grouand in Tayn; Ib. 94.  For the spoliacioun ... of ... fyve thraiff of beir; 1504-5 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I. 50.  He ... With breid of beir and cald water wes fed; Stewart 30004.  Ane pek guid and sufficient beyr; 1549 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 434.  For the inlaik of the proffit of his ... yard, ane boll beir; 1570 Peebles B. Rec. 320.  For kaill, candle, and knocked beir, ... He never payis ane penny; 1583 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 467.  The Ile called Leuis ... [has] plentie of beir and aites; Dalr. I. 57/27.  Comptand ane last and ane half last to ane chalder of beir; 1614 Lett. Eccl. Affairs I. 340.  I ... saw my nighbour begin to lead in his beer; Hay Diary 142.  One of them lost a chader of meell, bier, and grots; 1671 Wodrow MSS. 4to XXXVII. No. 7. (c)  Twelf bollis of bair; 1521 Montgomery Mem. 93.  v bollis ... sufficient baire for ferme and teind thairof; 1547 Reg. Cupar A. II. 45.  The feyr [price] of maill and bayr xl s.; 1559 Black Bk. Taymouth 129.  Sex bollis sex pectis bair, gud and sufficient stuff; 1564 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 8 b.  The said Catrein ... cam in ... to puik sum bair; 1633 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 154. (d)  Ane chalder of bear, price of the boll xls.; 1549 Treas. Acc. IX. 282.  Thow was apprehendit ... steilling ... greyn growand bear; 1596 Misc. Spald. C. I. 86.  That Robert sould send the Erllis creare, laidnit with beare and salt goodis, to Brein, in Norroway; 1614 Crim. Trials III. 325.  Quhatsumewir tenant ... happinis to sell beair or aitis; 1633 Misc. Spald. C. V. 220.  About Dundie in Angus, ther was beare stowked; 1652 Lamont Diary 43.  Eight or ten of the inhabitants trading in bear and maill; 1692 Misc. B. Rec.100.

    b. Attrib. with bonnok, caff, crop, knoking, lafe (loaf), mesour, schefe, shilling, stak, 3ard.  Jesus feade fyfe thousand men with fyue beare laiffis; Nisbet N. T. I. 12.  A child is here, that has five bere laaues; Id. John vi. 9.  Beir bonnokkis with thame thay tak; Pedder C. 28.  I leif to William Mure my kyndnes & possessioun of the beir 3aird; 1594 Edinb. Test. XXVI. 292.  Ane beir stak, contening tuelf schevis of beir; 1612 Crim. Trials III. 220.  Ane morter stane for beirknoking with ane mell; 1619 Edinb. Test. L. 213 b.  Extending to twelffe bollis beir meassour; 1627 Dumfries Test. I. a. 139 b.  That John Broun should caray away his beer crop; Hay Diary 128.  To stand ... with ane beir sheiff on hir bak; 1661 Lanark B. Rec. 187.  He aleigis that ... Walker did stolln his beir shilling in the mill of Barflat; 1672 Forbes Baron Ct. 289.  For bear calfe to the kye; 1695 Foulis Acc. Bk. 174.