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Halk, n. Also: halke, haulk. Common variant of Hawk n., with usual Sc. al, aul, for aw. 1473 Holyrood Chart. 152.
The ... sustening of hors halkis [etc.]
1488 Treas. Acc. I. 92.
To Dave Falconar that brocht a halk to the King
1496 Ib. 305.
To ij childer that chasit dukis in the dubbis, and set thaim vp to the halkis
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxii. 7.
I do lyk ane reid halk schout
1528 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 415.
I mon haue ane gud halk … that slais the heroune
1550 Reg. Privy C. I. 95.
That nane haron, duke, drake or ony fule … be slane … bot be halkis alanerly
1570 Leslie 79.
The King of Scotland send … a greit number of gude Scottis halkeis to the King of Inglang
1596 Dalr. I. 97/7.
The falcoun, the sparhalk, and diuersh vthiris kyndes of halkes
1623 Forbes Baron Ct. 277 n.
The saidis tennentis to answer … for keiping off the halkis nestis
1599 Crim. Trials II. 82.
Patrik Hammiltoun following his haulk
c1610 Melville Mem. 4.
To maintain haulks, dogs and whores to a number of idle priests
1635 Stirling's Royal Lett. II. 842.
That yow be carefull … to sie the ayreis of these haulks carefullie preserved

b. attrib. Belonging to or used for hawks, or hawking, as halk bage, bell, clubb, fedder, gluve, etc. See also Halk-dog, -Hen. 1643 Edinb. Test. LX. 238.
Sextene single halk bages, … nyn double halk bagis
1497 Treas. Acc. I. 360.
For halk bellis to the King
1586 Edinb. Test. XVI. 127.
Tua dossoun of greit halk bellis with fyve pair small
1612 Bk. Rates 289.
Bellis callid halk bellis
1503 Treas. Acc. II. 376.
For twa halk clubbes
1507 Ib. IV. 79.
For castokis to mend the Kingis halk fedderis
1488 Ib. I. 92.
To the skynnar … for halk gluvis
1508 Ib. IV. 136.
Halk gluffis
1595 Edinb. Test. XXVIII. 195 b.
Ane halk gluif
1621 Ib. LI. 63 b.
Ane dosone of halk gluiffis
1643 Ib. LX. 238.
Aucht pair of haulk gloves
1491 Treas. Acc. I. 182.
Til ane sowtar that sewyt halk hwdis to the king
1497 Ib. 365.
For ane done basand skyn, to be halk hudis
1574 Ib. MS. 350.
For certane halk bellis and halk hudis
1617 Reg. Great S. 569/1.
Reddendo … unum capitium lie haulkhuid nomine albe firme
1643 Edinb. Test. LX. 234 b.
Fower dossane of littell leather halk hudis
Ib. 271. Ib. 238.
Tuentie haulk lwires estimat all to xij lib.
1540 Treas. Acc. VII. 326.
Ane clamschell to kepe the Kingis grace halk mete in
1496 Treas. Acc. I. 277.
Giffin to the boy that brocht the towis, to clym the halk nest in the Abbotis Crag, ij s
1501 Ib. II. 108.
Giffin to the wif that kepit the halk nest of Cragorth
?1549 Monro W. Isles 14.
Ane ile … with ane halk nest in it
1621 Acts IV. 629/1.
Anent the harreing of haulk nestis
1621 Edinb. Test. LI. 63 b.
Ane dosone of halk scheffis

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