A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Almery, Ambry, n. Also: almer(r)ye, almerie (pl. almereis, almerris); almary(e, almarie (ammari); almory, almorie (pl. almoreis, almowris); almry, almri(e, awmre, amry, amri; ambry, ambrie, ambre. [ME. almary(e, almery(e, almerie (also later awmery, awmry, ambry, etc.), a.OF. almarie, altered from armarie, = Prov. armari, Span. and Ital. armario, Port. almario, all from Lat. armārium a place or repository for arma ‘utensils’. The word appears in ME. towards the end of the 14th cent., and remained in common use in various forms down to the 17th. It survives, though now obsolescent, in Sc. and northern Eng. dial. in the forms aumery, aumry, aumbry or ambry.]
1. A repository of the nature of a cupboard or press, used for containing domestic utensils, plate, victuals, books, etc.; usually a separate piece of furniture made of wood.
Frequently mentioned in inventories of the 16th cent. Somewhat earlier examples than those cited below occur with prefixed nouns, as mete almery and veschel almery (q.v.). Other special uses are denoted by buke, cop, dresser, sacrament, ware almery, and are entered under these words.
(a) Henry Petkarne sall restore … ane almery; 1483 Acta Aud. *122/1.
A press, a counter, a almery; 1501 Edinb. B. Rec. 91.
For ix elne fresit claith to the Kingis almeryis in his closet; 1506 Treas. Acc. III. 49.
Item, ane burde and a pare of trestis, twa almowris; 1507 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. II. 266.
Tua gret almerris, four small almerris; 1517 Misc. Spald. C. II. 79.
Ane comptar, a furnist bed, ane almory; 1530 Edinb. B. Rec. 39.
Ane almery of fyr; 1542 Rec. Univ. Aberd. 572.
Ga clois ȝone burd, … And lok vp all in to ȝone almery [M. almorie], Both meit and drink; Freiris Berw. 221.
Fair dame, … ga belyfe vnto ȝone almerie, And oppin it; Ib. 372.
The … counsale … ordanis that the commoun bel haif ane string cummand thairfra … to be lokkit in ane almery; 1553 Edinb. B. Rec. 177.
The making of the almery of the commoun bell; Ib. 179.
Item to ane vrycht for makene ane almery in the kirk, iiij s iij d; 1553–4 Ayr Common Good Acc.
For loks and bands to certane almoreis in the clerks chalmer for keping of thair buiks, xx s; 1557 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 206.
In the hall of Balmaddy … ane almery of ayk and ane copbuyrd; 1562 Will A. Betoun 224.
In the how chalmer under the hall twa beddys and almery of fyr; Ib.
Ane dosoun of greitt dailles to mak the skelfis, almoreis and bowellis in the heycht loft of the Tolbuith; 1565–6 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 506.
He remanit in hir said hous, past to the almerie, quhair scho had certane meill; 1596 Crim. Trials I. 399.
Twa seller vouttis with ane kitchein and ane almery for the naiprie and breid keiping; 1608 Mun. Univ. Glasg. III. 521.
[Missing him, they] brake up his kists, almereis, and uthers lockefast loomes; 1629 Reg. Privy C. Ser. 2, III. 283.
For bands and hinges to tuo stone almeries in the laigh chalmer; 1641 Kirkcaldy Presb. 203.
Ane great cupboord or almerie of wynscott; 1648 Melrose R. Rec. I. 121.
(b) Ane almrye off aik; 1542 Rec. Univ. Aberd. 576.
Ane gryt almri with the tounis wreitingis; 1562–3 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 179.
Ane ark, ane almry, and laidillis two; Bann. MS. 137 b /27.
The gryt amrie … that stud in the reuestrie; 1584 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. 386.
The Judge … decernit the said Katherin … to remove the said almrie betwixt and the nixt Sabboth; 1679 Corshill Baron Ct. 150.
To Ja. Gourlay … for … 2 presses and an amrie; 1703 Foulis Acc. Bk. 323.
(c) I sall tell yow quhat is in your ambrie; 1603 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 421.
My weschell in my ambrie and my spineing quheill; 1627 Ann. Banff I. 57.
He … lykvys told hir quhat shoe had in the ambrie, it being closed; 1644 Strathbogie Presb. 50.
Poyndit from Wm. Andersone ane kist, ane ambrie, ane brew fatt; 1673–7 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 217.
I was locked up in an ambrie in the cabbin [of the ship]; 1685 Erskine Journal 158.
2. Attrib. with almery fute, hede, man.
Delyuerit be the comptar to Rychert Dowgles amery man to the gowernour; 1546 Misc. Spald. C. II. 201.
The defunct missing his dager, quhilk … was cassin vp … vpone ane almerie heid; 1612 Crim. Trials III. 239.
He hes gotten ane fall at the amrie foot; Ferg. Prov. 45.
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