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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Half-mark, -merk, n. [ME. half mark, OE. healf marc.] A half-mark; also attrib. (in various connections) with land, pece, church. — 1509 Reg. Privy C. I. 277/1.
His hienes sal than geyf the samyn half merk land to the sade Johne … heretably
1572 Ib. II. 160.
The silver money laitlie sett furth in half merk and fourty penny pecis
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 347.
That nane … refuis any mercatis or hard hydis, or half merk pieces
1584 Crim. Trials I. 134.
Certane fals and adultrit mony, viz. haif-merkis, [etc.]
1663 Lamont Diary 207.
Bruce … , went away with … a common woman, … to the borders to be married at the halfe marke church (as it is commonlie named)

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