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Milnar(e, Millar(e, n. Also: miln-, myln-, milln-, mylln-, mylinar, -er(e; meln(n)ar; mill-, myllar(e, -air, -er, miler; mellar, -er. [ME. mulnere (Piers Pl. A), mylner(e, millere (Chaucer Prol.), myller, f. miln, mill, s.v. Miln n.] The man in charge of a mill; one whose trade is the milling of corn; a miller.(a) 1337 Rot. Sc. 493/1.
[Johannes le milner de Aymouth
1364 Exch. R. II. 177.]
In salariis … Willelmi Milner
c1420 Wynt. vi. 1621.
The mylnere Hym thare resaywyd
Ib. 1625.
This milnare
1473 Reg. Cupar A. I. 166.
The mylnaris tende and abbe tendis falland in thar awn handis
The mylnar jeosand … his fredomis … as he was wunt
1601 Index Edinb. Test. II. 391.
John Stainehous, milner at the mylne of Lutherrie
1641 Acts V. 611/2.
Multures quhilkis of auld wer payit to the mylnares
1657 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 365.
The haill mylinars and onder myliners of the touns mylines
1659 Irvine Mun. II. 80.
Honest yeomen folks, fermourers and mylners
1666 Corshill Baron Ct. 69.
Gilbert Dunlop, milner
1680 Glasgow Bakers 65.
That no frieman goe out of the mylnes with any of the myliners the tyme the mylnes ar goeing
1682 Peebles B. Rec. II. 106.
The myllner
1682 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds II. 179 (7 Nov.).
[John Wilsone] milnar [at Dalbetie]
1684 Galloway P. 7 Feb.
The vsewall small multir [to go] to the millners at the milne
1695 Brown Paisley I. 349.
Ninian Pattesoune, millner
(b) 1456 Peebles B. Rec. I. 115.
Andro Melnar has tan the meln of Peblis
1459 Ib. 130.
(c) 1467 Reg. Dunferm. 358.
John Millar
1469 Acts II. 96/2.
All myllaris that slais smotis
a1500 Colk. Sow i. 64.
A malgratious millare
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xiv. 69.
Sic pudding-fillaris, discending down frome millaris
1512 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 109. 1522–3 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 209. 1534–5 Ib. II. 68. 1537 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. 147.
The myllaris hous and ȝaird
1540 Lynd. Sat. 4109.
Find me … ane millair that hes na falt
1558–9 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 288.
To the myllars that helpit the stule togidder
Ib. 292, etc. 1566 Peebles B. Rec. I. 302. 1567 Sat. P. viii. 43.
Sum millar of ane myll
1568 Inverness Rec. I. 172.
Thair principall myllar and crope berar of thair mylnes
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxiv. 2.
Tak … a myllar that will not steill
1577 Inverness Rec. I. 256. 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 240.
Ladyenit with meill and convoyit be sex suddartis in millaris weid
a1578 Pitsc. I. 209/6.
Then the myllaris wyfe … cryit for ane preist to the King
1582 Laing Chart. 259.
The just thyrll … keipit the mill hymselff and was callit Rob Miller for the sam
1586 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 57. a1598 Ferg. Prov. No. 15. 1618 Urie Baron Ct. 29.
Alexander Maky, miler at the milne of Cowie
1628 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 368.
The haill mylnes … to be servit be ane myller and ane knave … allanerlie
1629 Ib. 369.
That the fermoraris sall mak chois of the myller of the tounes mylnes
1633 Misc. Spald. C. V. 220. 1640 Anal. Scot. I. 385.
The baxteris and millaris had fled from the toun
1658 R. Moray Lett. 9/19 March.
To have given me thanks by the heap to pay myself at the millar of Carstaris rate
1674 Cunningham Diary 27.
Alex. Millar, being a miller
1678 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 431.
5 seats in the wast kirk … for the milers in the Water of Leith
1697 Foulis Acc. Bk. 209.
To the millar for letting out the milndam
comb. a1500 Peblis to Play 171.
Ane meikle millar man
(d) 1556–7 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 76.
To the mellaris
1604–5 Misc. Spald. C. V. 76.
Spendit witht the melleris … in taking ordour … anent thair service at Vyndmil
1607–8 Ib. 137.

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