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UNTHIRL, n., v.

I. n. Land outside the Sucken or Thirl of a particular mill; the dues paid to a mill for the grinding of corn grown on land not astricted to it. See Unsucken, Outsucken, Out-toun, II. Also attrib. Hist. Rxb. 1784  Session Papers, Duke of Roxburgh v. Mein State of Process 29:
He oft-times carried the corn both of the thirl and unthirl to and from the mill. The five and twentieth part, which is esteemed unthirl-dues with them.
Rxb. 1785  Session Papers, Memorial R. Mein (25 June) 13:
The out-town multure or unthirl paid only the twenty-fifth part in corn.

II. v. In ppl.adj. unthirled, not bound by conditions or thirlage to a particular mill. See Thirl, v.2, 1. Rxb. 1784  Session Papers, Duke of Roxburgh v. Mein, State of Process 20:
There was no unthirled grist in the barony of Roxburgh.

[O.Sc. unthirlit, not subject, 1531.]

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"Unthirl n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 Jul 2018 <>



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