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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Buttereis, Butt(e)rage, n. Also: buteras, butreis, butris, buttere; butteraige, -ege, betterage, butradge. [e.m.E. butt(e)resse, butteras, ME. butres, bot(e)ras, boterace (Wyclif), of doubtful origin.] A buttress.The form buttere is a false singular from buttereis taken a plural. With the forms in -age, etc., cf. 18th c. Eng. butteridge.(a) 1387 Edinb. Chart. 35.
The buteras [to be] fynyt wp als hech as the laue of that werk askys
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. iii. 150.
Subtile muldrie wrocht mony day agone, On buttereis, jalme, pillaris and plesand springis
1542 Soc. Ant. III. 162.
The saidis buttereis [of the church] to be compleit endit as thai ar now foundit
Ib. 163.
Ilk buttere of the foirsaid kirk and queir to haif ane honeste fiall
1560–1 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 140.
Ane rewll and ane bot to the butreis of the pulpit
1584 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. 387.
For pyinin of the butrisis of Jesus yll … and mending of the ragglin of the librar
(b) 1559 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 35.
Thair was ane waist place be eist the butterege on the eist syde of the northe kirk durre
Ib. 36.
Nocht passand farther furthe nor the breid of the saidis butteraigis
1563 = 4 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 466.
V greitt flaggis to mend the betterage of the west syde of the malt myln
1588 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 331.
For … mending the buttrages at the northe kirk dur
1608 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 286.
That ane bulwork or butradge be bigit befoir the yonmest piller of the said brig except ane

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