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Purale, -all, -ell n. Also: pureall; puirral, puir-, pwirell; purrell; poor(e)all. [e.m.E. and ME poraille (Manning), -ail(l, -ayl(l)e (14th c.), -al(l (Wyclif), e.m.E. poorall (1561), syncopated var. of pouerail Poveraill n.]

1. coll. Poor people collectively; the poor as a class; the paupers (of a burgh etc.). Also attrib. (a) Dispys nevir wyis vertewis in purall; Colk. Sow ii 224.
To … daill the same [bread] to the purale; 1549 Aberd. B. Rec. I 270.
That he lat na maner of purale enter in the kirk, bot to remane at the kirk dur and seik thair almous; Ib. 274.
To be wptakin be the ressawaris of the purellis almows; 1562 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 4.
Sic gryte confluence of purell resortis … to this toune; Ib. 8.
All wder decayt purell, natywe born, within this toun; Ib. 9.
Alsweill amonge the pureall as amonges the richest; Bann. Trans. 491.
Ane of the purall of the ospittell of Aberdeen; 1584 Anal. Scot. I 284.
1595 Aberd. B. Rec. II 124.
(b) Gilbert Gray, ane of the pwirell of Aberden; Cullen Chron. Aberd. 42.
The paroch is found as yet destitute of a common man for outhalding of stranger puirell and beggars; 1604 Cramond Ch. Aberdour 3.
1606 Ib. 3.
attrib. All gotten in of common good and puirell silver was given out; 1629 Ellon Par. 74.
(c) For euerie bairne … (the purrell being exceptit); 1579 Aberd. B. Rec. II 33.
(d) In name of the pooreall and hospitall; 1591 Misc. Spald. C. III 163.
The names of the poorall; 1621 Rec. Old Aberd. II 1.

2. pl. Poor persons. That na strangearis, nor gangralis puirralis be ressate nor haldyn in this tovnne; 1538 Aberd. B. Rec. MS XV (J).
Wes no man left … Bot purellis lauborand with thare handis, Tyll mychtie Cyrus; Lynd. Mon. 3821.

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