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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mur(e)-, Muirland, n. Also: muire-, mwir-. [ME. and e.m.E. more-lond, -land, OE. mór-land.]

1. Land consisting of moor; rough, unenclosed land; heath. 1509 Reg. Privy S. I. 282/1.
The warde of ane pece of mure land callit the over mure
1540 Ib. II. 545/2.
Ane hundreth and forty akeris of murland

2. plur. The lands making up a burgh's moor or common ground. 1613 Lanark B. Rec. 120.
All burgessis and frieman … [to] resave thair daillis of the muir landis
1675 Kirkintilloch B. Ct. 67.
All the heretors of the Newland maillings to be present at the first court day for metting of their muirelands

3. Attrib. and comb. a. Of a person: Inhabiting moorland, upland; rustic. b. Of land: That consists of moorland. c. Applied to a variety of oats.a. c1540 Lynd. Syde Taillis 67.
Ane mureland Meg that mylkis the ȝowis
b. 1583 St. A. Test. II. 7.
The graith of twa akeris of bair mwirland ȝerd
1685 Acts VIII. 495/1.
If the rowm be ane mureland rowm
c. 1597 Edinb. Test. XXX. 133 b.
xlij bollis aittis being mureland aittis price of the boll with the fodder iij li.
1601 Dunblane Test. III. 36.
The sawing of four bollis small murland aittis
1606 Ib. 93.
Saxtene bollis grey murland corne
1623 Edinb. Test. LII. 99.

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