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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).

Hostriche, Hostrige, n. Also: hosterage, -aige; hostage, -aige. [Late ME. hostryche (1481), ME. ostrige (14th c.), -iche. -ice (a 1225).] An ostrich. Attrib. with fedder. —(a) 1436 Exch. R. IV. 679.
In ornamento plumarum de hostriche
1538 Treas. Acc. VII. 19.
Gevin for certane ho[s]trige fedderis for the Kingis hatt
1539 Ib. 50.
For ane blak and quhite hostrige fedder
(b) 1488 Treas. Acc. I. 85.
In a gardeviant … a grete hosterage fedder
1538 Aberd. B. Rec. MS. XVI (J).
Hosterage fedderis
 —(c) 1539 Treas. Acc. VII. 49.
For twa hattis of hostaige fedderis
Ib. 57.
For certane hostage fedderis to his grace

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