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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Ir(s)ch(e, Iersch, Yrsche, a. and n. [Cf. Irisch and Ersch. Common in the Edinb. MS. of the Brus.] a. adj. Irish; Highland. Also absol. b. n. Gaelic. — Brus xiv. 330 (E).
Ane Irsche king
Ib. xviii. 120.
Ib. xvi. 309.
The Irsche kingis
c1420 Wynt. ii. ix. h.
On other wiis this chapitere Says the Yrsche cummyn were
1507 Treas. Acc. IV. 50.
For ane cote to Irsch Downe, falconar
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 49 (B).
Iersche brybour baird
b. (Id.) Maitl. F. xi. 116.
Tha tarmagantis … Full loud begowthe in Irsche to clattir

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