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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Harbory, -boury, -burie, n. Also: -borry, -borie, -bourie. [Common later var. of Harbery.]

1. Harbour, shelter. 1551 Hamilton Cat. 244.
He giffis thé meit, drink, and claith and harbory
1567 Acts (1597) ii. 14.
Quhatsumever person … giuis meate, harbourie or assistance to any thieuis
1647 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 84.
That no inhabitant … give hir harbourie or intertainment
1669 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. III. 49.
To furnish them [rebels] with meat, drink, house, harboury, [etc.]
1685-8 Renwick Serm. 276.
Ye that are ... cast out of houses and harboury

2. A harbour, a haven.(a) 1588 Ayr Chart. 56.
The beating … and uphalding of the said harborie, heavin, and brig
1610 Crim. Trials III. 111.
In a harborry
1612 Reg. Privy C. IX. 340.
The harborie [of Dundee being] filled with beddis of sand
1636 Maxwell Stuart Mun. 35.
The Hollanders busches … retraites in tym of storme to … creikes and harboreis in Orknay
a1603 Tract. Leg. Naval. 58 b.
She being … within ane sure harborie for the tyme
(b) 1627 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II. 70.
The mouth of the harbourie suld be cloised with ane bomb [= boom] or chaine
1663 Ib. 3 Ser. I. 452.
That you suffer no ships from thence to enter your harboury
1692 Misc. B. Rec. iii.
The harbourie being the greatest concerne in the town
(c) 1641 Acts V. (1817) 519/2.
The forsaid burghe … of Sanct Androis port, heaven and harburie thairof

Attrib. with mouth. 1655 Lamont Diary 84.
Ther was a barke att Leith cast away … euen att harboury mouth

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