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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).

Primage, Prymage, n.1 [e.m.E. primage (1540), med. L. (Eng.) primagium (1297); f. as Prime-gilt n. with the suffix of Lademanage, Lastage etc.] A customary allowance by the shipper to the master (? and crew) of a ship as recompense for their care in loading and safe-keeping of the goods transported, ? orig. payable on safe delivery of the goods. Cf. Prime-gilt n. 1436 Exch. R. IV 679.]
[Et allocate eidem pro naulo et primagio omnium aliorum bonorum transmissorum ad regem de Flandria in Scociam
1616 Reg. Great S. 517/1.
Ordinavit pro ordinario lie prymage nuncupato lie prymgilt ultra hominum memoriam solvi consueto ex omnibus navibus … exonerantibus lie lossing infra dictum portum
16.. Admir. Ct. Form 63.
Primage or prymage or prime gilt [MS prince gilt] is ane dewtie dew to the poor and it mantaines them in the hospitall. It is payed be the merchand to the Mr off the shippe sexpence the tun in Ingland and 5 s. scotts in Scotland wherof the Mr gives to the poor of the towne wher he lives 12 d. off ilk tun
When a ship is fraughted out and in ther is but on primage dew
Ib. 63 b.
The primage is given to the Mr for bearing of the hazard off stowing of the merchants guids and livering them a shoare without danger and generallie from all hurt and skaith the goods can get … throw the Mr and company ther fault
Yet some thinks that that primage is only payed of everie fraught abroad and not homeward
They conclude that in Scotland it wes nevir heard that ther wes any custom to give to the saillers any pairt off the primage
Ib., etc.
I think when commodities are not weill conditioned and saffe but spoylled and wet ther is no primage dew
1694 Dunbar Social Life I 150.
Paying fraight for the said goods … with primage and avarage accustomed

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