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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Ferding, n.1 Also: ferdin, ferdyne. [ME. and e.m.E. ferdyng, var. of ferthing.]

1. = Farding n. 1. 14.. Acts I. 364/2.
Efter that gif he be tane with viij. penijs and a ferding, he that takis hym sall hing him
1451 Ib. II. 39/2.
At thar be strikin … half grote, penny, half penny & ferding

2. The fourth part of a noble or rider. 1451 Acts II. 40/1.
The Inglis new noble … sal haif cours than for xiij s iiij d … & sa the ferding for iij s iiij d
1474 Treas. Acc. I. 25.
Gevin to Androu Balfoure a ferding of ane noble to gilt a chaip to the Kingis swerd
1497 Ib. 335.
To Hannay, passand with the Kingis lettres … ane ridare … ane ferdin of ane ridare, and vi sh.

3. Ferding land, ferding worth, a farthing land. 1538 Reg. Great S. 400/2.
Cum dimidietate … vnius quadrantis leferding worth terrarum in villa de Ratter
1593 Ib. 1/1.
Lie Beillis et Medosched, … lie ferding-land in Kirk [etc.]

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