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Fraucht, n. Also: frawcht, fraught, frauche, fracht, fraght. [ME. fraght, fraught, frauȝte, frauht (c 1330), MDu. and MLG. vracht.]

1. The fare for being transported by water; passagemoney. a1400 Leg. S. xxix. 372.
Sir Eustace the fraucht had nocht To pay for hym & his menȝe
Ib. 376.
The mastir … bad the laydy suld be lacht & haldine with hyme for the fracht
c1420 Wynt. vi. 2071.
Quha-evyr for his frawcht wald be For caus frawchted owre that se
1485 Acts II. 172/1.
Be takin of duble & trible fraucht be the feriaris
1535 Stewart 53923.
The ferrear … In mid water at thame he askit fraucht
c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus ii. 684.
In ane small bait the ferrie ouir he wan. Bot I knew not gif he payit fraucht or fie

b. Transport across water. c1420 Wynt. vi. 2061.
A bate suld be on ilke syde … Till mak thame frawcht, that wald be Fra land to land beyhond that se

2. The sum paid or payable for the carriage or transport of goods by water.(a) 1436 Acts II. 23/2.
It at payis as a serplaith in fraucht sal bring thre vnce of bulȝeon hame
1466 Ib. 87/1.
Tha gudis sal pay na fraucht
1483 Acta Aud. *123/1.
Samekle of the said wyne as beis nocht deliuerit … salbe defalkit to him in his fraucht
1519 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 186.
Thair guidis to be furit to Flanders for the fraucht of xix s. gr.
1541 Ib. II. 106.
The skipperis consentit to the fraucht abone expremyt
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Serplaith.
The merchandes vsis to pay fraucht … to Danskene, and the Easter Seas, be the serplath
1633 M. Works Acc. XXVI. 3.
For the fraucht of the saides dailles
1666 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 233.
The said Earle to pay the fraucht therof
1695 Household Bk. Gr. Baillie 3.
For frawcht of 2 trunks and 2 boxes from London
(b) 1441 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II. 324.
The profite that may cum of the schippes … , that is to say the fraght of sek and tun
1475 Ib. 332.
The aldermen … has set … the ton fracht … til Gilbert Morison
1483 Acta Aud. *122/2.
Ten schillingis scottis … for the fracht of ilk tvn of the wyne forsaid
1558 Prot. Bk. G. Grote 30.
[£12 for] fracht and viii ly dais expenssis
(c) 1508 Treas. Acc. IV. 48.
To the said George for the frauch and uncostis of the ankyris payit in Spanȝee.
1587 Soc. Ant. II. 349.
The boitis frauche of ane hundred speiris

3. The hire of a vessel. 1538 Treas. Acc. VI. 395.
For fraucht of ane crayar that past furtht of Kingorne to the Bas
1554–5 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 160.
To Laurence Tod for fraucht of his bot laidin with the saids stanis
1587 Waus Corr. II. 404.
Johne Gardeneris acquitance for the fracht of his schip
1626–7 Misc. Spald. C. V. 144.
For payment of the fraucht of the barque … fra Leyth to Aberdein
attrib. 1557 Inverness B. Rec. I. ii.
Price of ewyrre fraucht hyir vj s. viij d.

4. Goods carried by water; a ship's cargo. 1450 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 19.
Thai ordane that the admiral deputis sal … keip the forsaid Duche menuys schip, gudes, and fracht in souertee
1541 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 106.
As thay will ansuer to the gude toun, vnder the paine of tynsale of thair frauchtis
1589 Wedderb. Compt Bk. 178.
In payment off v punschonis Wyne [and] ane barriquin of fraucht transpor[t]it out of Burdeaux

b. An amount, quantity, or number. a1500 Prestis of Peblis 628.
Tha … fra the puir taks many felloun fraucht
1626 Elgin Rec. II. 197.
Scho drew no burne bot ane fraucht to mak redie hir meat
1684 Red Bk. Grandtully II. 262.
Send a fraught of your tenents' horses to carry dails aud timber for jeasts

5. Fraucht-fre, exempt from (further) passage-money. a 1568 Sat. P. xlvi. 38.
Quhair scho findis a fallow fyne, He wilbe frawcht fre for a sous

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