A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Feir, Feyr, n. Also: fier, fear. [ME. feor (a 1225), OF. feor, feur, fuer (mod. F. fur), fixed price. L. forum.] The fixed price of grain for the year.
In later use fiars, ‘the prices of grain in the different counties, fixed by the sheriffs respectively, in the month of February, with the assistance of juries. The form of striking the fiars is prescribed by the acts of Sederunt, Dec. 21. 1723 and Feb. 29. 1728’ (Bell).
Sum sellis folkis sustinance, as God sendis the feyr; Doug. viii. Prol. 47.
Annuatim … xij bollas farine avenatice et ij bol. ordei, de pretio anuuatim prout le feir; 1524 Reg. Great S. 61/1.
Failȝeand paement of the sayd meyll yeirlie … the saydis Jhon and Marget sall paye the pryce of the feyr; 1537 Glasgow Prot. IV. 103.
James Dowglas … desyrit the balȝeis to decerne quhat the feir of meill and beir was in the ȝer  … , quha decernit the feir in the said yeir, the boll of beir to xxxviii s. [etc.]; 1553 Lanark B. Rec. 23.
The lordis auditouris … to sett and appoint certane … commoun prices as neir as maybe to the feiris of the cuntreis; 1584 Acts III. 304/1.
The Commissar feirs wes ten pound for meill and bear; 1637 Baillie I. 5.
The Committie ordaines him to uptak the pryce according to the feirs of the yeir; 1640 Kirkcudbright Min. Bk. 58.
To give fourtie penneis doune to the tennendis of Provand of ilk boll of beir of the Provand fier, in respect the same was promist … quhen the said fear was strukin; 1674 Glasgow B. Rec. III. 184.
To pay him a boll, for the annualrent of every hundred merk, which according to the feir of the year did … extend to five pound the boll; Mackenzie Laws & C. i. xxiv. § 4.
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