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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Almous-hous, n. Also: almouse-, almus-, almes-, almis-. [ME. almeshows (1424), e.m.E. almosehouse.] An alms-house. 1456 Hay I. 32/3.
As gif the pape walde curs a man, for he wald big ane almous hous
1462 Peebles B. Rec. 147.
The chapellane … sal be tutour and oursear of the sayd almushous
1488 Dunferm. B. Rec. 2.
A loft hous vtout the est yet, the qwhilk loft is abowyn the almus hous
1509 Mun. Univ. Glasg. I. 44.
The Maister of the Almous Hous
1531 Glasgow Prot. IV. 32.
Nycholl Perdowin, beidman on the baksyd of the almushows
1581 Acts III. 219/1.
Certane hospittallis, masoundewis, almoushousis, and beidhousis
1595 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 75.
Johne Graye, cordoner, ane of the puir in the almoushous of Glasgw
attrib. a1605 Montg. Flyt. 477.
Ilke elfe of them all brought an almous house oster

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