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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Bern, n.1 Also: berne, berrne. [e.m.E. and ME. bern(e, late OE. bern, earlier ber(e)-ern, f. bere barley Bere n.2 and ern house. For later forms see Barn and Born.] A barn.The place-name Northbernis occurs in 1328 (Exch. R. I. 103) and 1358 (Ib. 562). 1375 Barb. iv. 38.
Schyr Ranald wes … Hangyt in-till a berne in Ar
1434 Exch. R. IV. 598.
De mylis et parca de Travernent, cum le bernis
1456 Hay I. 262/30.
Grangis, bernis, or stakkis of corne
1460 Exch. R. VI. 612.
Unacum octo celdris frumenti de lez Bernis regis [= Kingsbarns]
De dictis Bernis
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 32.
With outin beilding of blis, of bern or of byre
c1475 Wall. i. 176.
In the Bernys of Ayr
Ib. ix. 1387.
Scho … thaim in drew Till a clos bern
1491 Ayr Friars Pr. Chart. 62.
The quhilk … croft … lyis betuix the berne … and the commone wennell
1505 14th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. iii. 20.
Tua riggis [of land] that lyis ane estald Gillans bernne
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 227/5.
Thar was ane richt gret spait in Clyde … the quhilk brocht dovn haile housis, bernis, and millis
1529 Rec. Earld. Orkney 59.
Edward Sinclar … hedit and slew in ane bern 7 men of Zetland
1549 Compl. 93/21.
As kyng Eduard did at the bernis of Ayre befor rehersit
1564 St. A. Kirk S. 217.
He com to the bern in Langraw
1586 Reg. Privy C. IV. 106.
The said toun and landis … with byre, hall, and berne
1655 Peebles B. Rec. II. 33.
To build ane berne at the north port

b. Attrib. with dure, mail (rent), man. 1488 Lanark B. Rec. 3.
William Dikeson optenit in the court upon Lowrans xxxd. of his bern mail
1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 247/1.
Johne Sym, plewman, … Johne Sym, bernman
1585 Reg. Privy C. III. 750.
Johnne Lourestoun [and others] … violentlie brek up the said bern dur

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