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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Pakman, Packman, n. [Pak n.1 1. Only Sc., and chiefly so also in mod. use.] A man who carries wares or merchandise in a pack; chiefly, an itinerant packman, chapman or pedlar. 1571 Crail B. Ct. MS. 1 June.
Ilk chaipman pakman [to pay toll of] j d.
a 1625 Sempill P. 5.
The Pack-mans Pater noster: … A Polands pedler … ,The priest said, Pack-man, thou must haunt the closter
1666-74 Fraser Polichron. 350.
The report … was that a packman carrying a box chest of flax … that came from Holland … the pest spread
1684 Bonckle Kirk S. 76.
An act … discharging all pedlers, packmen and common posts to travell without passes
1685 Wodrow Hist. IV. 165.
To cause the whole packmen, cadgers [etc.] … find caution not to carry letters … to the rebels

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