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Lammes, n. Also: lam(m)es(s, -is, -ys, -ies, -as(e, -ous, law(e)mess, -mice. [ME. and e.m.E. lam(m)es(s)e, -es(s, -as(se, OE. hlámmesse, -mæsse, varr. of hláfmæsse (f. hláf bread, loaf). Cf. Lambes and Lambmes.]

1. Lammas: August 1st, one of the term-days or quarter-days. (a) [He] sal giff … at the fest of Saynt Petir that is callit Lammes … ten pund; 1398 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 37.
Lames; 1423 Chart. (Reg. Ho.) No. 259.
This preuilege till endur … quhill the feste of Lammes next tocum; 1468 Acts II. 92/1.
[Sept.] Giffin … to the payment of the College of this terme of Lammes bipast lxij li.; 1502 Treas. Acc. II. 69.
Pensiones … feis of the terme of Lammes; 1506 Ib. III. 324.
The quhilk fest of Lammes salbe the entre of the said Dauid; 1520 Wemyss Chart. 144.
Thai ordand Villeme Vilsone to decist fra occuping of the fredome bot thai wil our se hym quhill Lammes; 1547 Dunferm. B. Rec. 368.
Of euerye fyre hous … salbe vplift … foure schillingis … yeirlie at Candylmes and Lammes; 1563 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 174.
Ane threid at Midsymer, ane threid at Lames, and the last threid at Ȝewilday; 1609 Inverurie 193.
To … ane of the doctours of the said scole for the terms of Candlmes and Lames; 1654–5 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 531.
(b) The Mertymes terme male efter his entre quhilk was at the feist of Lammys; 1499–1500 Acta Conc. II. 372.
The blowms of the pease wallowed a fourtnight before Lammis, wheras some years they continowe till Michelmisse; 1652 Lamont Diary 45.
This yeare, after Lammis, ther was few or none hearing gotten; 1657 Ib. 102.
350 merks … at Lamies & Candlemes; 1675 Galloway P. 16 June.
(c) To be pait be Lammas next folowand; 1474–5 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II. 332.
All this ȝeir fra Pace Monunday to Lammas thair was ane gret drouthe; Pitsc. II. 206/9.
[She said] if the work goe on, the town would not be ride whill Lammas; 1650 Brechin Presb. 49.
The other fourth pairt thereof to be payed betuixt and Lamas; 1696 Conv. Burghs IV. 209.
(d) Retornit agane the next ȝeir, … about the Lawmess; c 1563 Reg. Panmure I. xxxiii.
That no mercet … at Whitsunday, Lawemice or Halloaday be any more keepit in the kirkyeard of Dunblaine; 1659 Sc. Ant. V. 81.

2. Attrib.: Occurring or due at Lammas. b. Lammes vynde (= wind), the name of a dance. (1) Gevin to Jakkis that playis upoun the veolis … for thair Lammes terme last bipast; 1541 Treas. Acc. VII. 482.
Twenty ane merkis … for … the teindis … of the Paische and Lammes termes of the crope; 1582 Old Ross-shire I. 19.
For the Lammes and Alhallow termes of his dewite of the clerkschip; 1586 St. A. Test. II. 61 b.
John Stirling dekin of the last Lamase quarter; 1607 Glasgow Trades House 12.
Til the Lamous vacans; 1633 Johnston Diary (1911) I. 232.
(2) The … haill craft convenit at thair Lammase court; 1602 Glasgow Weavers 115.
(3) [He] sall caus … hir … be … payit of the Lamess dett; 1546 Reg. Privy C. I. 51.
[Payment of … 2] fastrenevens [hens and 6] Lamess foules; 1682 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds II. 192 (8 June).
b. Thai dancit … , the speyde, the flail, the Lammes vynde, Soutra, [etc.]; Compl. 66/22.

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"Lammes n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Feb 2019 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/lammes>



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