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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Begary, n. Also: begarie, begaire, bagarie. [From the vb.] A trimming, facing, or stripe, of different material on an article of dress. 1569 Treas. Acc. MS. 210.
iij elnis … of violat ingrane to Donald Gormis wiffe … ; weluote to be begareis to hir
1575 Bk. Univ. Kirk I. 335.
We thinke all kynd of brodering vnseimlie, all bagaries of velvett on gownes, … and all superfluous and vaine cutting out
1581 Acts III. 220/2.
Weluet, satyne, damas, taffateis or onie begareis, freinȝeis, pasmentis, or broderie of gold, siluer, or silk
1583 Edinb. Test. XII. 157 b.
Ane cloik of Frensche blak begarie
1588 Ib. XIX. 38.
Ane gowne of chamlot of silk new maid with tua begareis about the taill
1591-2 Rob Stene 3.
Thocht now, in browdir and begary, Sche glansis, as scho war Queine of Fary
1595 Edinb. Test. XXVIII. 29 b.
Hir blak paitlet begareit with four begareis of weluot

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