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Garroun, Garron, n.1 Also: garrown, gairown, garoun; garrone, -an, -in. [Possibly ONF *garron, var. of F. jarron branch of a tree, felloe of a wheel.]

1. A short wooden beam.(a) 1543 Aberd. B. Rec. MS. (J).
Greit treis, rwif sparris, garrownes
1552–3 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 84.
Ane dosone of garrownis to be stallis to the barrois
1571–2 Haddington Acc. MS.
Bering hame the tua lederis the garoun wes put vp with
1588 Dundee Shipping L. 216.
Ane dousone of ruif spar of aik, twa dousone of garrownes
1606 Reg. Privy C. VII. 240.
Ane garroun of fyve fute lang … brydlit in ane jeist
1615 Crim. Trials III. 276.
[They] dang at his hall dur with ane garroun
(b) 1550 Treas. Acc. IX. 443.
Rufe spar and garronis
1557–8 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 253.
For sex garronis to be lynds to the gun carts
1588 Dundee Shipping L. 215.
Fourtene dousone of ruiff sparris, xviij dousone of garronis
1594–5 Misc. Spald. C. V. 119.
For ane garrone to the madin, … scharping the aix [etc.]
1600 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 373.
For careing of iij dosane garronis … to the mylne dam
1611 Bk. Rates (Jam. s.v. Garron nails).
Garrons, single, the hundredth xx l., double, the hundredth xl l.
(c) 1569–70 Haddington Acc. MS.
Twa garraus … to help wp the temer of the towbowth

2. A garron-nail. 1616 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 378.
Item to hir ... ane hundrethe plencheouris and 20 garrounis
1653–4 Peebles B. Rec. II. 195.
For ane stane of erne … to be doubil garrines and stapillis

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