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Haknay, Haiknay, n. Also: hacknay; hakna, -ney; haikne(y; hauknay, hawkna(y, halkna(y; ha(c)quenay. [e.m.E. and ME. hack-, hakney, etc., ME. hakeney, hakene, hakenai (13 … ), OF. haquenée, ‘an ambling horse or mare, especially for ladies to ride on’, of obscure origin.] A hackney, a horse used for ordinary riding; sometimes, an ambling horse.(a) 1473 Reg. Cupar. A. I. 169.
Alexander sal … get a gud hakna to us
1495 Acta Conc. 424/1.
Twa stagis, a haknay
1498 Ib. II. 184.
Ane lyart haknay
1499 Reg. Cupar A. I. 252.
Ane gud hakna, or ellis ane gud trottar
1551–2 Treas. Acc. X. 59.
Ane ambland haknay to hir
1613 Haddington Corr. 123.
Our fair cotch … , and my haknay
(b) ?1438 Alex. ii. 2940.
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 111.
The tothir … Hyit hym hard … to his haiknay
1534 Treas. Acc. VI. 232.
To Johne Bog … send with certane haiknayis fra his grace
1546 Acta Conc. MS. XXII. 26 b.
Ane broun ambland haikney
a1578 Pitsc. I. 255/4.
His revaird … of gold and silluer and fair haiknayis to ryde wpoun
1584 Sat. P. xlv. 905.
Thrie of thair haiknes he tuik hame
1633 Maxwell Mem. II. 220.
I haue sentt … my haikney to gett his meatt affe ȝow
16.. Hist. Kennedy 57.
Cuming by the toune, ryding one ane small haiknay
(c) 1539 Treas. Acc. VII. 255.
To be standing housis to the Quenis halknais and uthir hors
1540 Ib. 399.
The expensis … upoun the four hawknays send to the dolphin of France
1590 Maxwell Mem. II. 4.
We can not bot see thame … provydit with halknays
(d) 1599 Wemyss Corr. 35.
Ane of your fynest hacquenays
attrib. 1502 Acta Conc. III. 171.
Ane blak haiknay hors
1540 Treas. Acc. VII. 391.
The hauknay hors … send to the king of France
1603 Ib. MS. 224.
Ane quhyte haquenay hors
1644 Douglas Corr. 253.
My wayfes haiknay horse
1541–2 Treas. Acc. VIII. 55.
To Williame Lauder in Dunbar for ane gray hawknay nayg
1594 Fam. Rose 276.
Your black halknay naig
1503 Treas. Acc. II. 205.
For ane haknay sadill … bocht to the king
1538 Ib. VI. 433.
For iij elnis blak velvet … to cover twa haiknay sadillis
1507 Treas. Acc. III. 398.
For thre haknay bittis with joyntouris
1542 Ib. VIII. 146.
For ane haiknay bit, and four pair of junctouris

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