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

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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Crag-, Craigleif, n. Also: craigleiff, -leve, -leave. [Crag n.1] Leave to dig coal from a ‘heuch’. 1504 Wemyss Chart. II. 123.
As for the maile of thame that has cragleif of the cuntre, the said Schir Robert … sall outhir hafe the thrid male or the profit of the thrid hors as he pleisis
1540 Laing Chart. 118.
[With licence or] craig leif
1565 Ib. 198. 1574 (1586) Reg. Great S. 367/1.
Cum potestate construendi salinam … et habendi lie craigleif intra carbofodinas dicti monasterii
1583 Edinb. Test. XII. 197.
That we may haif craig leue and all vther thingis necessar to the said pan … salang as ony coill is to be win
1614 Reg. Great S. 375/2.
Cum vulgo craigleave et hilheuch in carbonariis suis de Wester Weymis

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