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Bering, Beiring, vbl. n. Also: beryng (beryn), berring, -yng, bareyne, barying, beireing, beirring, -eing, beyring, bearing. [ME. bering. -yng. f. Bere v.1]

1. Bearing of children; birth. a1400 Leg. S. xxxvi. 498.
For the tyme of his beryng [= his birthday]
c1420 Wynt. iii. 507.
His mudyr at hys beryng Deyd
1490 Irland Mir. I. 144/10.
In beryn of hir child
1614 Crim. Trials III. 270.
The bairne deit schortlie efter the beiring

2. Bearing, carrying, conveying. Also fig. 1443 Highland P. II. 179.
In the beryng of the lioun in thair armys
1486 Exch. R. X. 100.
For the uphalding and bering of the … chargis of the said office
1490 Lanark B. Rec. 7.
For beryn of the dragon and mendyn of it, viij d.
1552–3 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 277.
For bering of tymmer and ledderis to the well
1553–4 Ib. 286.
For beirreing of red fra the well
1558–9 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 299.
For barying of tymmer hame
1558-66 Knox II. 78.
All rememberance of beiring of armour
1579 Conv. Burghs I. 103.
Actis … anent bering … of culuering and daggis

b. Bering with, toleration. 1573 Davidson Sat. P. xl. 338.
Let vice ay in the awin cullouris be kend, But beiring with, or ȝit extenuatioun

3. Conduct, behaviour. Usually gude bering.Of his gude bering, during good conduct. 1456 Peebles B. Rec. 116.
That thai wald … ressayf the sayd frer John of his gud berryng to the plas
1476 Acta Aud. 45/2.
Betereche … has … gevin to him of his gud bering … the twa part of the manis of Inchtuthill
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 79.
[That] thus throu his gud beryng He wyn thair luf
1527 Lennox Mun. 228.
I wyll gif hir this … for a ȝer and fardare … of hir gude bering
1534 Wemyss Corr. III. 3.
Als weil in vncurtas bering … as be his awin vnrychtfulnes
1560 Rolland Seven S. 219/22.
His name and gude beiring … war schawin to the King

4. Attrib. with creil, scheit, sey (sieve), swerd. 1474 Treas. Acc. I. 26.
For the covering of the litil bering swerd
1506 Ib. III. 48.
For xxiiij elne Bertane claith to be bering scheitis
1589 St. A. Test. II. .
Ane bearing sey with ane turnmell
1595 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 565.
Foure new beiring creillis
1596 Edinb. Test. XXIX. 321 b.
Tua canues with ane beiring scheit
1633 M. Works Acc. XXV. 3 b.
For ane dussoun of beiring creills

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