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

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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Major, n.1 Also: meager. [e.m.E. (1643) and F. major.] A major, the military rank next above captain. Also b. = Toun-major. —1641 Acts V. 369/2. c1650 Spalding I. 279, II. 457. 1651 Fam. Innes 242. 1678 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 431.
The meagers coleres
b. 1670–87 Sel. Biog. II. 340.
The major of the town of Edinburgh

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