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Harbery, -bary, n. Also: -beré, -ber(r)ie, -berey, -barie. [Common later var. of Herbery.]

1. Shelter, lodging, entertainment. 1462 Peebles B. Rec. 146.
Thair to haf in that land harbery and beddyng
a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 403.
God wait gif Cresseid was ane sorrowfull gest, Seeing that vncouth fair and harbery
a1500 Rauf C. 294.
Lat pay hir … For the worthie harberie that I haue fundin heir
1535 Stewart 13708.
But hald or hous, withoutin harberye
1570 Peebles B. Rec. 345.
Quhair thai luge and takkis harbery
a1598 Ferg. Prov. 8 b.
He that is ill of his harberie is good of his way kenning
1629 Elgin Rec. II. 209.
That scho get not hous nor harberie within this burghe

2. A place of shelter, a lodging-place. a1500 Rauf C. 65.
Thow bring me to sum harbery
Ib. 675.
Thair was ane hailsum harbery
15.. Clar. i. 571.
Clariodus fellowis knokit at the ȝet, For thair nane uthar harberie was about

3. A shelter for ships; a harbour. Also fig.The usual form (with Harbry) in this sense.(a) 1563 Grant Chart. 129.
Quhair ewyr thai sall arrywe in ony port or harberye
c1575 Balfour Pract. 625.
Quhair ony great presse of shippis lyis in ane harberie
1590 Edinb. B. Rec.V. 13.
The schips … within the touns harbery of Leyth
1638 Black Bk. Taymouth 386.
The harbereis of Kintyre
c1650 Spalding I. 83.
Ane bar … stoppit the mouth of the harberie
1651 Lamont Diary 39.
They gatte many ships in the harberey
fig. 1562-3 Winȝet II. 53/35.
Within the maist suir raid and harbery of thare haly mother the Kirk
1629 Boyd Last B. 199.
Let vs set foorth in time to saile toward … the harberie of Grace
attrib. 1562-3 Winȝet I. 4/2.
We … exhort the latter marineris … to … direct it to sum mair sure harbery place
(b) 1610 Conv. Burghs II. 302.
Cravand … support to the reparatione of the harbarie of the Stainhyve at Dunnotter
1627 Banff Ann. II. 213.
The said James sall big … tua slaippis or goilis on the northsyde of the said harbarie
1643 Ib. 214.
Within the floudmark of the said harberie

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