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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XII).
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Ȝule girth(t, n. Also: Yule gertht, -gerthe, Ȝoill gert, Jovll gyrt. [Ȝule n. and Girth n.1 2 b. Cf. ON jólagrið and SND Yule n. 3 (23).] The peace of Christmas; the period of immunity from criminal prosecution proclaimed at Christmas. 1522 Wigtown B. Ct. 133b.
Thom Edgar & his wif callit for strublance of the toun & breking of Ȝoill gert
1531 Wigtown B. Ct. 245b.
Fore trublans … & brakyne of Jovll gyrt
1569–70 Inverness Rec. I 182.
Johne Nobill … for the wrangus drawing of ane knyff … vpon Vphalye daye … for breking of Yule gerthe and trubling of the towne
1570–1 Inverness Rec. I 198 (see Ȝule evin n. (a)).
Yule gertht
1573–4 Glasgow B. Rec. (MC) 2.
For trublance done … within the tyme callit of auld the proclamation of Ȝule girtht and now of abstinence … for trublance done … upon the xi of Januare … within the tyme of the proclamation of feriat tyme and abstinence
c1575 Balfour Pract. 279.
Of courtis … He quha hes powar to hald court may tyne … the samin … gif he haldis the court in time forbiddin and defendit be the law, that is to say, fra Ȝule girth be proclamit, quhill efter the halie dayis, viz. fra the sevint day befoir Ȝule unto Uphalie day

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