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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).
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Pumfell, n. [North-eastern var. of Pundfald n.; in the mod. north-eastern dial. as pumphel etc.] a. A pound or pinfold. b. (As in the later north-eastern dial.): An enclosed or ‘box’ pew. — 1672 Cramond Ch. Speymouth 32.
The kirk dyk was altogether ruined and the church yeard … resembled a pumfell
1649 Inverurie 304.
[In the kirk some] pumfells [to be demolished,] primo quo tempore

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