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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Anchorage, Ancorage, n. Also: ankorage, -aige; ancorrage, ancoraige, ancarage; anchoraige, -adge. [Variant of Ankerage, with Latinized spelling.]

1. A duty or toll imposed on vessels anchoring in a harbour; the right of levying this. Also pl. and attrib. 1429 Colquhoun Chart. II. 287.
To have the customs and ankorage
1458 Reg. Great S. 143/1.
Al uthire lik schippis … cumand within the said hawin sal pay ancorage
1482 Edinb. Chart. 169.
The anchorage of ilk grete schip … xiij s. iiij d.
1540 Ib. 211.
Without ony custumes or ancarage to be payit to tham thairthrow
1609 Conv. Burghs II. 277.
Thair dewteis of ancarageis and doksiller
1632 Rep. Hist. MSS. (Milne Home) 199.
Four pennies of ilk bot ankoraige silver
1700 Conv. Burghs IV. 308.
Any anchoradge, measuradge, … cocketts, or other dews

2. An anchoring ground. 1587 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 438.
The fischertown of Peterheid with portis, ancoragis, and fischeingis thairof

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