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Alevin, Alewin, num. Also: alefyne, alevine (all-), aleivine; alevyn (alleuyn), allevin, aleuin, aliuin; alewyn(e, -win(e, allewin(g; alleavin(e, aleaven; alavyn(e, alauin, alawen. [Variant of Elevin, corresponding to ME. and e.m.E. aleven, alevyn, early ME. ællevene, ONhb. ællefne.] Eleven.(a) a1400 Leg. S. vi. 435 (a-lefyne thousand of men). 1415–6 Reg. Episc. Brechin I. p. xii (allevine peces writtis). 1457 Wemyss Chart. 81 (alleuyn yheris). c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxx. 21 (haly legendis allevin). 1535 Dioc. Reg. Glasgow I. 107 (a levyn s. iiij d.). 1549 Compl. 86/5 (aleuin thousand Saxons). 1570 Sat. P. x. 335 (just at aleuin houris). 1591 Montg. Suppl. 309/23 (alevine bollis meill). 1648 Lanark B. Rec. 135 (about allevine houris). 1664 Glasgow B. Rec. III. 47 (twa hundreth and alevine pundis). a 1681 Haddington Mem. II. 194 (by aliuin a clok).(b) a1400 Leg. S. vii. 741 (a-lewyne thowsand were ded). 1468 12th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. viii. 143 (allewing schillingis). 1510 Rentale Dunkeld. 5 (alewin schillingis). 1547 Reg. Cupar A. II. 50 (alewin bollis quhit). c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2635 (psalmis nyne, ten, or alewin). 1576 Prot. Bk. W. Cumming 156 b (alewyn rud of land). 1633 Misc. Spald. C. III. 99 (allewin hundreth merkis). 1687 Elgin Rec. I. 342 (betuixt allewin and tuell in the foirnone).(c) 1511 Dunferm. B. Rec. 297 (jm vc and alavyn yeris). c 1560 Stirlings of Keir 415 (alauin knightis and sauin lairdis). 1560 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 91 (aucht pound alavyne unce). 1565 Hist. Carnegie 51 (a-lawen hundret merkis). 1611 M. Works Acc. IX. 2 (a thowsand six hundred and aleaven ȝeirs).

b. Used for alevint, eleventh. 1579 Conv. Burghs I. 90.
The alevin of Julii

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