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Cran, Crane, n.2 Also: crann, crawn; crain(e. [e.m.E. crane (1502), Du. kraan, perhaps the same as Cran n.1]

1. A crane for raising and lowering heavy weights. (a) With thair cran thoucht thai till awaill; Barb. xvii. 360 (E).
Pro custuma, tholoneo, feodo de le scoute de la cran dictarum quinque piparum salispetri et sulfuris; 1457 Exch. R. VI. 309.
For xxc xv aslar stanis … for ane cran and the stok; 1506–7 Reg. Soltre 160.
Ane cran drawin with viij oxin and ane hors; 1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 518.
ij cartis with gwnstanis, … the cran with the traitis for the gwn; Ib. 527.
Bowtis, foirloks, verollis, towponis, spair bandis … to the crawn; 1538–9 M. Works Acc. VI. 25.
For foure punds of steill to lay the cleiks of the crepars of the cran; 1554–5 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 155.
The cran vpoun the kirk riging to be … bestowit vpoun the wark of the ministerris lugeing; 1575 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 37.
Iames Ros, thesaurer, to tak down the cran at the schoir of Leyth; 1585 Ib. 416.
Jonett Scherar … to be … put in the kirk wolt, and thairefter to be doukit at the cran; 1602 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 24.
The cran situat vpon the schoir … callit the keyheid; 1630 Aberd. Chart. 367.
(b) He gert engynys and cranys ma; Barb. xvii. 245 (E).
A crane thai haff gert dres wp hey, Rynnand on quheillis; Ib. 608.
Deliverit … in the Campfeir … irne pellokis … Item, for having of thame to the Feir and to the crane; 1511 Treas. Acc. IV. 303.
For the … making of crane and wyndais for fourtene pecis of artalȝery; 1515 Ib. V. 17.
Campheir … to haif and intertein ane sufficient crain for dischairgeing of the said guids; 1612 Conv. Burghs II. 366.
For xijxx of sleddraught of wall stanes from the bakcragis to the craine; 1639 M. Works Acc. XXIX. 33 b.

2. The device for winding up a cross-bow. Pompis for raising … of wateris … furth of mynes … as rak pompis lyke to the cran of ane croce bow; 1598 Acts IV. 176/1.

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"Cran n.2". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 Jul 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/cran_n_2>

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