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Girthsting, n. Also: gyrth-, gyrchtsting, ger(th)sting, geyr-, gress steing. [Girth n.2 and Sting n.] A length of wood for making hoops.(a) 1495 Acta Conc. 396/1.
Twa hogheddis, twa barellis with skowis and girthstingis
1496 Treas. Acc. I. 282.
To that samyn man, for xxx and x girthstingis
1534 Aberd. B. Rec. (MS.) XVI. 523 (J).
The balyes chargyt Robert Stewart pay … iiij lb. for i m. gyrchtstingis
Ib. 656.
Thre hundreyth gyrth stingis
1559–60 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 325.
For ane skainȝe threid and gyrthsting
1613 Crim. Trials III. 259.
The slauchter of … Johnne Brysone … be gevin to him of dyuerse straikis … with ane lang battone or girth-sting
1621 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 222.
Accusit for unlaidning of his schip of girth stinges brocht be him out of the Low cuntreyis
(b) 1558 Inverness B. Rec. I. 22.
Ane hundyr geyrsteinges
1567 Ib. 146.
Quhilkis staiffis and gerstingis [supra fatt stingis] was in hyr possessioun
1571 Ib. 206.
The quantite of xix hundreth gerthstingis
1572 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 6.
Thai obieis thame to pay for the said boit fyfteine hundretht gres steingis

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