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Calsay, Calsy, n. Also: calse, calsa, -saye (calcay), calsey, calsie, calcie. [ME. (rare) caulcé, calcey, calsey, etymological respelling of caucé, causé Causay. See also Casay.]

1. A stretch of paving; the paved part of a street. The form calsay is very common from 1500 to 1650. (a) Thome of Welk beand oblist … to mac the half of the calse befor the forfront of the said akyr; 1434 Liber Coll. Glasg. 249.
(b) Thai hafe ordanit the calsay at the Freris ȝet to be mendit; 1448 Ayr B. Ct. 1 April.
Pro … sustentatione placei uulgariter dicti Calsay prope pontem de Striueling; 1456 Stirling Chart. 37.
That na mydyngis ly on the calsay langar than viij days; 1462 Peebles B. Rec. 146.
Ascendand upwith the said swaill quhill it cum to the littill stane calsay; 1504 Reg. Great S. 239/2.
We sall … stane thé vp the calsay quhair thow gais; Dunb. Flyt. 216.
That all maner of persouns … purge and clenge thair calsayes to myd channell fornent thair dwelling places; 1518 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 177.
Bigging of the calsa of the Cannongait; 1535 Acta Conc. MS. VII. 42.
To big, set furth, and haif foirstairis … towart the hie streit and calsay of the said burgh; 1540 Reg. Privy S. II. 515.
Gevin to four men that dicht the calsay betwix my Lord Governours lugeing and the Quenes lugeing; 1552–3 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 274.
One took him by the heillis, and dadding his head to the calsay, left Dagon without head or handis; Knox I. 260.
A sort of the strongest throatcutteris of the Hammiltounes, going plainelie vpoun Edinburgh calsay; Bann. Memor. 109.
They to be comptable … for vpbigging of thair calsay; 1582 Conv. Burghs I. 138.
Iohne Stewart, … accusit for playing at the bowallis on the calsaye the tyme of the evenyng prayeris; 1599 Elgin Rec. II. 74.
For setting up the uther jebett at the meill marcatt, rasing and laying of the calsay agane; 1608–9 Misc. Spalding C. V. 84.
Georg Purse [etc.] … for ther playing at the futeball on the Sabboth nicht at evin throw the calsa ar ordeant … to pay vj s. viij d.; 1630 Elgin Rec. II. 215.
The cart ratleing upon the calcay behind him; 1648 Hope Diary 145.
That ane casay should be laid on … to the end of the calsay at the bowing trie; 1670 Glasgow B. Rec. III. 131.
Receaved … 75lib 10s for the calsayes at Whythous laying; 1695 Foulis Acc. Bk. 185.
(c) Andro Stewart, … a man rather borne to maik peace, then to brag upoun the calsey; Knox II. 320.
Some of the bulletis rebowndis of the calsey and hurtis him; Bann. Memor. 237.
That … Mollisoun hes done wrang in causing rais the calsey … be reasoun quhairof the water … standis on the middest of the calsey; 1598 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 170.
Being accusit for putting on a fyir afoir his yett on the calsey on Midsymmer Even last; 1608 Aberd. Kirk S. 61.
William Parke … havin … built upon the rivers Cader and Coven eache of thame a bridge with calseyes; 1628 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II. 203.
To be applyed to the beiting, mending, repairing, and wpholding of the saidis calseys; 1634 Aberd. Chart. 257.
(d) Being accusit for speiking publicle upon the hie calsy; 1593 St. A. Kirk S. 780.
Gaue to ane calcimaker … to mend the calcies, 6 s. 8 d.; 1612–13 Misc. Spald. C. V. 89.
For ane schoil to serue the toun in clenging the calsy; Ib. 92.
To caus repaire … the calsie at Robert Campbellis yeatt; 1647 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 115.
For keeping and preserving the fishes from the filth of the calsie, wheron formerlie they did ly; 1669 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 254.
The expenssis of the calsies built and made wp in the Grein; 1677 Ib. 297.

2. Attrib. and comb. with bigger, burges, custome, end, hammer, heid, layer, mail (dues), making, marcat, paiker, penny, port, side, stane. That thair be appointment maid with calsay bigeris for biging thairof; 1605 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 240.
The counsell declaires Iames Stevensone, … is onlie ane calsay burges untill he find cawtioun to scatt, loit, watche and waird; 1653 Peebles B. Rec. II. 13.
To Ja. Blackader to pay the calsay custome for the cart; 1691 Foulis Acc. Bk. 133.
They met at the calsey-end and skirmised; Bann. Memor. 180.
The hospitall … at the calsyend of the brig; 1606 Acts IV. 345/2.
Gewin to Dauid Leischeman smytht at the calsay end of Stirlwing; 1621 Black Bk. Taymouth 312.
For Danskyn irne to be ane calsaye hemmer; 1577–8 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 465.
The saidis horses that sall happin to cum first over the said scoir at the said calsay heid; 1620 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 200.
For leading a blind man to the calsay head; 1665 Stirling Comm. Good MS. 36 b.
To Mark the calsey layer for laying ane peice of calsey alongis the haill syd of the brewhous; 1626 M. Works Acc. XIX. 31 b.
I secured in Rot Thomsones house the monie was owing him be the calsay layer; 1697 Foulis Acc. Bk. 216.
To a calsay layer who came from Glasgow; 1709 Stirling B. Rec. II. 349.
The city had … levied and raised money upon the citizens, for caulsay maills; Lauder Observes 91.
Immunitie from … payment of customs, calsey-mails, shore-dues and other impositions; 1687 Acts Sederunt 16.
The thesaurer to send for the calsay makers and to enter thame to the calsay making at the Gray Freir port; 1598 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 226.
The calsay marcat [at Brechin] … beginning the first Tuesday of Lent; 1692 Conv. Burghs IV. 611.
The calsay and craft marcat being some better than the ordinarie weekly marcats; Ib.
Becaus ȝe ar ane Rome rakar A commoun publick calsay paikar [Ch. cawsay paker]; Lynd. Sat. 2202 (B).
Mak ȝour abbotis of rycht religious men, … Bot not … Off calsay-paikaris, nor of publycanis; Lynd. Trag. Card. 378.
To exact fra ilk persone strainger the sume of four pennies money as ane calsay pennie; 1660 Lanark B. Rec. 180.
For ane flott and tuo stepilles to the calsey port; 1640–1 Misc. Spalding C. V. 156.
The baillies and counsall haifing consideration of the dekey of the Calsaysyde calsy; 1595 Paisley B. Rec. 166.
To ane boye to gang to Edinburgh … to get leif to get calsaye stanes; 1577–8 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 465.
That the toun suld haif thair calsay staynes furth of the samyn [park]; 1599 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 245.
Iohn Gilleis for leading of calsay staines to the bridge; 1652–3 Peebles B. Rec. II. 195.

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