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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Follow, n. Also: folow, foloue. [Var. of Fallow n.] A companion or comrade; a fellow; a counterpart. a1400 Leg. S. xxiii. 120.
Malchus … til his folowys sped hyme fast
c1420 Wynt. iv. 1475 (C).
He come … withe his folowis [R. falowis] all
Brus v. 581.
Forouten followis [E. falowis] ma
1529 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 8.
Bikkyrringis betuix barnis and followis
1535 Stewart 19261.
Maximus, … And all his followis thair with him in feir
1622-6 Bisset II. 257/12.
Gif ony of there followes hurte him self forlaik of help
1663 Wemyss Corr. 124.
Resave this tokene and wer it for me. … The Kinge wears the foloue of it

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