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Ned(d)er, a. Also: ned(d)ir, -yr(e, nadder, nadir, nidder. [Var. of Nether a.; also e.m.E. neder (1522).] Lower, under, in various senses of Nether a.(1) 1473 Douglas Chart. 102.
Five markis worth of the neddir thrid part of Awmernes
1505 14th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. iii. 20.
Ane pese of errabill land that lyis beneth the Magdalenne corse onne the nedder pairt
1512 Dunferm. B. Rec. I. 360.
Neddir end
1534 Selkirk B. Ct. MS. 188 b (30 Dec.).
To the nedder borne end
c 1556 Melrose Reg. Rec. III. 242.
The neddersyd
(2) c1420 Wynt. i. 1189.
A land cald Nedyre Sytha
1453 Misc. Spald. C. V. 49.
For dychting of the Nedyr Kyrk gate
1458 Exch. R. VI. 452.
Terre de Ovyr, Middil et Neddirardis
1494–5 Treas. Acc. I. 212.
Be Johne of Maxwell of Nedder Pollok
1531 Glasgow Prot. IV. 29.
Fra the Nedder Barresȝet to the brigg
1559 Misc. Wodrow Soc. 71.
Till they came to the Neder Bow
1561 Reg. Dunferm. 432.
The Nidder Grange of Kinghorne
1577 Reg. Morton I. 109.
Maister James Makgill of Rankeloure Nedder, Clerk of Register
1641 Acts V. (1817) 386/2.
Nadder Airdis
(3) 1532 Selkirk B. Ct. 161 b (30 Apr.).
That James of Murray tuk Nedder Jame Turnbull ky for borrowgait of Robert Turnbull
That Jame Turnbull Nedder vas borrowis for Robert Turnbull
(4) 1512 Dunferm. B. Rec. I. 184.
In the neddir toun croftis
1513 Doug. viii. iii. 124.
Thai wester partis … Quhilkis ar bedyit with the Neddir See
1521 Misc. Spald. C. V. 293.
Baith upyr and neder croft
1552 Elgin Rec. I. 116.
The neder salkis, aittis
1580 Reg. Privy C. III. 320.
The over hall of the neddir bailye
1634 Maxwell Mem. I. 252.
Neddir baillie
(b) 1542 Reg. Cupar A. II. 181.
Maistir Alexander M'Brek for the nadir thoun
(5) 1570 Leslie 101.
[They] under myndit the neddir sole of the yett of Dumbartane
1579 Reg. Privy C. III. 319.
Garnesit with over and neddir bandis of irne
(6) 1562 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 648/1.
In the auld inis in the nedder chalmer
Ouer kitching … nedder kitching [etc.]
1567–8 Crim. Trials I. i. *497.
In the nedder house under the Kingis chalmer … within the said laich house
1570 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. I. 190. 1580 Reg. Privy C. III. 320.(7) 1513 Doug. vii. xii. 162.
Rasyt … From the dyrknes of neddir Hellis nycht
(8) fig. 1513 Doug. i. iii. 100. Comm.
Eolus, the neddyr part of raison

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