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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Lair-silvir, n. Also: layr- and -silver. [Lair n.1 4.] The price charged for a grave or burial-plot. (? Latterly chiefly north-eastern.) 1508 Treas. Acc. IV. 116.
For the erding of Quintin Focart and for his lair silvir and wynding scheit
1576 Alyth Par. Ch. 61.
Compt of lair silver of buriell within the kirk
1581 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 44.
That … na personis salbe bureit … without payment of xxx s. of ilk person for his lair siluir, except onlie sic personis as hes fundationis in the said parroche kirk
1634 Boharm Parish Mag. (Mar. 1891).
This day four merks delyvered be Rot Stewart of Newton in part of payment of his umqll wiff her layrsilver
1642 Strathbogie Presb. 32.
No burialles shall be made within … ony … kirk within the presbyterie, without payment of four libs. lair silver be the inhabitantis

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