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Laft, n. [Later var. of Loft n., with usual a for o before f.] a. A loft or upper apartment built on the joists under the roof of a building or room. b. A gallery in a church. Also attrib. with durr. a. Ther was a student chalmerit abon a lafted leache seller, … The student colling his candle in a morning, the coll falles throw the laft, … we quenched the fyre befor it tuk hald of the gests and lafting above; Melvill 84, 85.
b. Robert Dickie deponit that he was in the Sessioun laft and saw nothing of the beginning of the tumwlt; 1602 Dundonald Par. Rec. 22.
[A joint petition from the Baxters and the Hammermen asking permission to erect] a laft [at the west end of the church]; 1617 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. II. 195.
The haill gildbreither to convene within thair awin laftis wpon sabbot day; 1618 Stirling Merch. Guild 38.
The kirk of Halyrudhous … sall be helped by removing of the lafts being within the said kirk and placeing of thame … whair the light of the kirk will not be impeded; 1629 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. III. 74.
The stoole of repentance … to be affixed to the middest of the foir part of the laft; 1630 Kirkcaldy Presb. 17.
William Anderson … to buy the jeasts to the kirk laft; 1636 Salmon Borrowstounness 339.
Thomas Porter denys … that he fought with the said Nicol in the seat of the common laft; 1653 Lesmahagow Ann. 128.
attrib. For the upper laft durr; 1641 Kirkcaldy Presb. 203.

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