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Fial(l, n. Also: fyall, fieall, fiel. [Later form of Feal(e n.]

1. Payment for work or services; wages, salary. = Feail(e n. 2. (a) My sone to mak … payment … to my seruandis & warkmen of thair fiallis; 1583 Edinb. Test. XII. 47.
We pray you remember to get us ane competent fiall for our pains; 1628 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II. 634.
An act of parliament to stent the parish for a fiall as the maintinance of a scoolmaister not above two hundreth merk; 1653 Stirling Ant. II. 12.
Money gotten for throughstones he delyvered for payment of clerks' fials; 1696 Falkirk Par. Rec. II. 53.
(b) This corne … is the chief fieall annexit for custody of the castell of Lochmaben; 1578 Bk. Carlaverock II. 488.
For the clerks pains … thair sall be ane honest fieall appointit for him yeirlie; 1596 Paisley B. Rec. 183.
To John Scot aind Johne Aikin for there fiel in attending the twa new wellis; 1658 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 539.
For ane hirdis cosnant fieall this last summer, fourtine pond thirtine shilling four pennyes; 1681 Corshill Baron Ct. 157.

2. A paid servant or workman. = Feal(e n. 3. Ordour wes gevin, … commanding all prenteisseis, seruandis, fiellis, not to change thair maisteris whill Mairtymess nixt; Spalding II. 280.
Each … maister of fyalls and uther prenteisses; 1683 Elgin Rec. I. 332.

3. = Feal(e n. 1. John Gray of Skibo had the lands of Ardinch in fiall from John … .Earle of Sowtherland; Gordon Hist. Earls Sutherl. 253 (J).

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