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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Bowspleit, -splate, n. Also: bolspleit, bospret. [e.m.E. bowsprit (bolesprit), boespritte (c 1500), corresp. to Du. boegspriet, etc.] A bowsprit. 1506 Treas. Acc. III. 196.
For paynting … of the ros on the bolspleit of the schip
1511 Ib. IV. 306.
For the filling of the bospret of the grit mastis
1513 Ib. 463.
For the outtakin of … Johne Lawsons bowspleit
1535 Stewart 289.
Tha buklit bowsplatis for to beir the blind

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