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

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

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