A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Drave, Dreave, n.2 Also: draive, draif(e, draff; dreve, dreaf. [Related to Drive v. Cf. prec.] The annual herring fishery. (See also Hering-drave.)
(a) Everie boat that passis to the draue, and slayis herring; Skene Verb. S. s.v. Assisa.
The supplicatione … craving licence for ane impost to tak of everie dreave boit … during thair draive in tyme of fisching; 1610 Conv. Burghs II. 296.
To punishe the prophaners of the Sabbothe in tyme of draife; 1629 Ritchie Churches St. Baldred 219.
Seeing now the harvest and draif were perfectlie endit; 1639 Ib. 77.
This yeare … ther was few or none hearing gotten … , so that the like of this drave was not for many yeares past-by for badnesse; 1657 Lamont Diary 129.
By the decaying of the Lambmes drave and sumer fishing yeirlie … ther conditione is become verie miserable; 1661 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. I. 652.
(b) That no brother … sall transport or cary bred of the toun … nether in tyme of dreaf or ony wther ocasion; 1640 St. A. Baxter Bks. 110.
His Maiesties assis of all herringis … is ane thousand herringis furth off ilk boat ilk dreave that holdis; 1641 Acts V. 506/1.
Ther was few or no herring gotten in Fyfe syde, … so that divers persons beganne to feare ther sould be no dreve hireafter; 1658 Lamont Diary 136.
Ther are … only … six small lyne boats who … goe to dreave at Lambas when ther is any tack of herringes; 1692 Conv. Burghs IV. 621.
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