A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Barne-bed, Bairn-bed, n. Also: barn-, bairne-, berne-bed; bairnes, bayrnis bed. [Barne n. Cf. e.m.E. childesbed (1535), E. dial. childbed.] The womb or an affection of this.
(a) The barn bed [B. bernebed] and the morb behind; Rowll Cursing 62.
Thow confessis that thow can heall the falling seiknes, barne bed, and all sort af vther seikness; 1598 Misc. Spald. C. I. 119.
Issobell Malcolme … confessed that she had charmed both these gentlewemen for the bairne bed; 1637 Strathbogie Presb. 15.
She had gone to the goodwife of Aredoule and gotten a drink for the bairn-bed; 1654 Ib. 248.
(b) Muguart … is gude for the suffocatione of ane vomans bayrnis bed [pr. hed]; Compl. 67/11.
Matrix, uterus, the bairnes bed; Duncan Appendix.
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