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Hed(d)er, Heddir, n. Also: heddr, haidder. Variant of Hadder n., Hether n. (heather).(a) 1410 Reg. Episc. Brechin I. 30.
Nothir with pastour, na fewell, turfe nor heddir
1453 Misc. Spald. C. V. 49.
For heddyr, peatis and collis
1544 Ayr Common Good Acc.
Ane turs of heddir to mak ane bleis vpoun the hillis
1584 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 115.
To furneis the bedding with bed coveringis and blankattis, stray or heddir
1595 Breadalbane Ct. Bk. 123.
Peittis, heddir, and vther elding
(b) 1461 Peebles B. Rec. 139.
The nychtburris … sal haf fredom … to cast turris and pwl hedder
1494 Treas. Acc. I. 251.
For brakanys and hedder to dry the burdis wyth
1503 Lanark B. Rec. 13.
For thre dusan … threif off heder to the belhous
1572 Sat. P. xxxii. 19.
With peittis, with turnis, and mony turse of hedder
1595 Misc. Spald. C. V. 118.
For mending the grammer scoole with hedder
1604 Urie Baron Ct. 4.
Fewaill … syik as petteis, turris or haidder
1664–5 Peebles B. Rec. II. 205.
For hedder to rune the leid
1671 Cramond Speymouth Ch. 31.
For 6 load of hedder to the Kirk rooffe
(c) 1591 Misc. Spald. C. III. 166.
To burne and destroye heddar, fewall

b. Attrib. with spounge (sponge) and yland. 1611 Edinb. Test. XLVI. 253 b.
Tua hedder spoungis and ane birs spoung
?1549 Monro W. Isles 23.
The yile which in the Erisch is namit Freuch Ellan, or the Heddir yland

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