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Had(d)er, Had(d)ir, n. Also: haddar, had(d)yr, hodder. [Of uncertain origin; in this form orig. Sc., but recorded also in the 17th c. north. Eng. dialects. See also Hather and Hedder.] Heather. (a) Congregante genestam vulgo lie hadder intra limites dicte more; 1399 Carnegie Chart. 500.
Greit abbais grayth I nill to gather, Bot ane kirk scant coverit with hadder; Dunb. lxvi. 86.
For vj turs of hadder for to dry the tollis [= towis]; 1512–3 Treas. Acc. IV. 465.
Mure cokis and hennis, quhilkis etis … croppis of hadder; Bell. Boece I. p. xlii.
Ane herbe, namit hadder … hes ane floure of purpure hew; Ib. p. xlv.
The wrangous … away-takin … of certane turvis, peittis, hadder, beand woun; 1537 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 692/1.
For hadder to burne Inglische buiks on the mercat croce; 1555–6 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 363.
For ane bote … costis, nalis, pik, moppet hadder, ruther pikis; 1561 Treas. Acc. XI. 115.
Hadder for cradilling of the new schaftis; 1608 Hilderstoun Silver Mines I. 30 b.
Hadder for spounges; 1612 Bk. Rates 313.
(b) That na … haddir na broume be put nere the fyre; 1425 Acts II. 12/1.
In heich haddyr Wallace and thai can twyn; Wall. v. 300.
For haddir to talloune the schippes with, xvij d.; 1497 Treas. Acc. I. 379.
Thai … ruggit vp grete quantite of haddir; Boece viii. viii. 266.
Thai made the haddir in faggaldis; Ib.
Fevall, pettis, turves and haddir in the mossis, mures and hillis; 1595 Douglas Bequest MS. (Reg. H.) 85/10 p. 43.
(c) Providing alsway that the saidis James … sall nocht … mak impediment to ony of our tenentis … for pulling of haddar; 1549 Reg. Cupar A. II. 60.
(d) The forsaide landys … with wodis. … bromis, hader, breris [etc.]; 1461 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 362.
Thai … Hadyr and hay bond apon flakys fast; Wall. xi. 898.
For hadir to dry the gun stok; 1508 Treas. Acc. IV. .

b. Attrib. with bussum, man, spounge, stak. Coft ij dosone hadder bussomes to sowp the mouswalbis our all the kirk; 1556–7 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 73.
xvj hadder bussumes to decht the sclattis & gutteris; 1582 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 124.
Reservando ad lie hadderman dicte abbatie ejus terras et gressumas … consuetas; 1611 Reg. Great S. 177/2.
For ane hader spounge, vi d.; 1603 Montgomery Mem. II. 246.
The said Alesone leuis … to the said Alexander hir part of ane hadder stak; 1582 Edinb. Test. XI. 347.
[He] pat ane candle and certane povlder in ane hadder stack of his fatheris; Moysie 52.
He … lapp betwein hir shoulders and she fell over on the hadder stack; 1634 Kirkcaldy Presb. 77.
He lay with hir once at his owne hodderstack; 1646 Ib. 297.

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