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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).
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Quhit(e) money. Also: quhyt(e, quyt, white, whyte; quheit and mony(e, monie; monete. [e.m.E. whyte mony (1482). Cf. Quhit(e) silver n., Quhite adj. 1 c and Money n. or Monet(e n. Also MDu., MLG wit gheld.] Silver money or coins.(1) 1482–3 Acta Conc. II cxviii.
vj li. … was ressavit fra the said David in quhite money
1519 Edinb. Hammermen 255b.
Tane furtht of Sanct Loyis box … of quhit money [£11. 6 s. 8 d.] … auchtene lycht Franche crovnis [etc.]
1554 Prot. Bk. G. Grote (S.R.S.) 4.
Thre cronis of the sone extending to iij li. xviii s., xii s. in quhit mony
1573 Reg. Privy C. II 270.
And fyve hundredth merkis in quhite money, sic as Scottis xxx s. pecis, Scottis v s., testanis, plakkis and babeis
1589–1600 Skipper's Acc. (Morton) 46a.
vi skoire off frankis off quhyte mony
Ib. 65a.
Of quhit monete ine ane pores
Ib. 73b.
Quhit monye
(2) 1543 Elgin Rec. I 76.
Valtir Innes sall … pay to Johanne Innes ane crovne of gold contennand xxii s. or xxii s. quhit money
1689 Cullen Kirk S. II 19 May.
In the box 21 libs. Scots white money
(3) 1523 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 187.
As quhite money is rycht scant in this covntre for wissilling of gold and making of change
1540 Acts II 373/2. 1550 Edinb. Hammermen 183b.
Geffin to get crovnis of the sone for quhyt money
1681 Purves Revenue Crown 40.
That the kings dews should be paid in white money
(4) 1565 Inverness Rec. I 123.
And to delywer him the quheit monie rassauit be him fra the said Johne
1646 Edinb. Test. LXII 169b.
In his by girdle certane quyt money and diverse spaces of gold
1692 Glasgow Procurators 90.
Item for a purse to keep the whyte money in … 10 d.

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