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Archar, Archer, n. Also: archear, -eir, -ier, airchour. [ME. archer (c 1300), AF. archer, OF. archier.]

1. An archer or bowman. (a) Thair archaris furth to thame thai send; Barb. ix. 151.
That all men busk thame to be archaris fra thai be xij ȝere of eilde; 1424 Acts II. 6/1.
Ane archare in a kyrnale stude; Wynt. ii. 37.
Twenty he had that nobill archaris war, Agayne sewyn scoyr of Inglis bowmen sar; Wall. iv. 543.
Lufis quene … bad hir archearis kene Go me arrest; Dunb. G. Targe 137.
To ane archear to by him ane hors; 1522 Treas. Acc. V. 204.
The king … send … ij c. archearis of the gaird; Diurn. Occurr. 39.
(b) All his futmen and archerys, That lypnyd ware to thaire lederys; Wynt. iv. 993.
All yhone archerys skayle sall I; Ib. viii. 6229.
Scho … Askit hir choise of archeris in refute; Dunb. G. Targe 185.
The cheritabil archer Appollo; Doug. iii. ii. 13.
The Archeris … of braid arrowis let fle ane flicht; Lynd. Meldrum 1115.
O scorne of luifaris, Cupid, blind archeir; Maitl. Q. xxxviii. 70.
Carle king … institute ane ordour of a hundir Scotis archiers; Dalr. II. 21/11.
(c) The rest of airchouris schott far and wight; Pitsc. I. 340/27.

2. Archer hole, a shot-hole; archer(is) shot, a bowshot; archer window, a loophole; archeris wine (see quot. 1581). He raid … ane archear schot all out and mare; Alex. i. 1111.
The craggis … had ane archearis schot on hicht; Ib. ii. 473.
Ane craw to the archar windo in the gret chalmer; 1530 M. Works Acc. I. 36.
Ane wprycht … to ane archar windo; Ib. 40.
Archer hollis under the said windockis; 1639 Thanes of Cawdor 284.
Certane small custumes, callit of auld the Parliament fee or archearis wyne, for all victuallis and merchandice enterend within his Hienes burgh quhair the court of Parliament hes been haldin for the tyme; 1581 Reg. Privy C. III. 428.

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"Archar n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 17 Feb 2019 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/archar>



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