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Plenschour-, Plenschir-, Plens(c)her-nail(l, Plensiour-nale, n. Also: plenscheur-, plencho(u)r-, plencheou(a)r-, plentorn-, pleincheour-, plenshire-, -scheir(e)-, (pleischeir-), plencher-, pleancher-, plensar- and -naul(e; and plenscheouris-naill. [Cf. Plans(c)hour-nail(l n. and OF. plenchier floor, ceiling. Also in the mod. dial. as plencher nail. Cf. Plencheo(u)n-nail(l n. (and Plenshour n.).] A planking-nail.(a) 1555–6 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 184.
For ane hundreth plenchor nalis to the barrowis xvj d.
1573–4 Day Bk. J. Kyle 3 b.
For ane hunder plenchour naillis
1576 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 301.
For ane hunder plencheouar [ed. plencheonar] nalis
1585 Elphinstoun Mun. 23.
Tua hundreth plenscheouris naillis
1591 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 438.
Half ane hunder plenschour naill to naill on the lathing
1607–8 Glasg. Univ. Mun. III. 557.
Plenchour [ed. plenthour] naillis
1618 Linlithgow Palace 338.
Plenscheur nailles
1626 Glasgow Trades House 113.
Plencheour naills
1653 Sc. N. & Q. I. 174.
Plentorn nails
(b) 1555–6 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 182.
For ijc pleincheour naill v s. Item for ijc dur naill ij s.
(c) 1555–6 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 182.
For ijc plenschir naill v s.
1611 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 339.
Plenshire naills
1615 Ib. 359.
Plenscheire naillis
Ib. 366.
For tua thousand naillis the ane flowring naillis and the uther plenscheir naillis
1615–6 Ib. MS. XI. 52 b.
Ane thousand pleischeir [sic] naillis
(d) 1636 Kirkcaldy Presb. 103.
For thrie hundreth plencher naules 24 sh.
1641 Ib. 205.
[250] door nauls 10 sh., [2450] plencher nauls at [6 s. 8 d.] the hundreth
1650 Stirling B. Rec. II. 303.
For 200 flooring and 100 plenscher naillis
1672 Dunferm. Coal Acc. 12 b.
For a quarter hundereth plensher naills
1691 Sheriffhall Coal Accompt.
Pleancher naill
1700 Foulis Acc. Bk. 276.
For 300 plencher naills
(e) 1574–5 Haddington Treas. Acc. 5.
Fowrskoir plensar naillis to the kirk dur
1579 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 304.
Plensiour nalis

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