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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Ablens, adv. [f. abill Able adv. 2; later Sc. ablins, aiblins, also common in north Eng. dial.] Possibly. — a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 1099.
The man may ablens [v.r. able] tyne a stot That cannot count his kinsch

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