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Rachtir, Raucht(t)er, n. Also: rachter, -ar, (rather); raychter; rauchta(i)r, -o(u)r, rawchtir, -our, rawcheter, rawghter, ra(g)chtre, (raucher, rautur). [MDu. and MLG rachter, of the same ulterior origin as MLG rafter, OE ræfter Raftre n.] A plank or beam of wood.Also attrib.For many further instances see Treas. Acc. I-V and VII-IX and M. Works Acc.(a) 1428 Exch. R. IV 438.
[Et pro centum] rachtirs [ … iiij li. x s.]
1482–3 Acta Conc. II cxxvi.
Certane rachteris and burdis
1501 Treas. Acc. II 24.
iiij dosan i rachter; to be ane hous to Mons
1503 Ib. 380.
Rachteris to mak ane barres to keip the tymir in
1506 Ib. III 88.
For … rachteris; ilk pece vij d.
1517 Edinb. B. Rec. I 169. 1527 Treas. Acc. V 325. 1529–30 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 26.
For … rachteris for skaffalting
1530 Reg. Soltre 157.
Rachtaris to double the yhet ester xi s.
1551 Dundee B. Ct. II fol. 54 (27 April).
Ib. fol. 76b (11 July).
Sewine hundreth ragchtreis
1558 Rentale Dunkeld. (S.H.S.) 354.
1664 Glasgow B. Rec. III 33.
That they put rachters throw the haill lang open staires for the better preservatioune of young childerin getting skaith therby
1513 Aberd. B. Rec. I 85.
Als mony ratheris as wilbe scaffalding to the tolbutht stepill
(b) 1499 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 98.
1505 Treas. Acc. III 142.
For viij dosan of rauchteris to be coyis in the schip and paraling gif tha com to ony segis
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (O.U.P.) 162/37.
His yrnis was rude as ony rawchtir, Quhair he leit blude it was no lawchtir
1512 Edinb. Hammermen 77.
Quhen he put vp the rauchteris for to clos the southsid of the kirk
1513 Treas. Acc. IV 478.
Ib. 486.
ijc rauchtouris … to haf on burd for thair mendis
Ib. 512.
Rauchteris … to mak the clois cartis
1514 Reg. Soltre 172. 1523 Treas. Acc. V 221.
xiiij rauchtteris to be mangearis and hekkis in the tua stabillis
1529–30 Edinb. B. Rec. II 21.
A dosane of grete rauchteris
1531–2 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 96.
For v dosane rauchtaris to the syling within the kingis kechin abone the burdis therof … and to the makin of ane parpane wall in the gelehous
1534 Treas. Acc. VI 225.
For rauchteris, tymbir, irne werk, … for eking of the listis under the castell of Striveling
1535–6 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 180.
Dalis and rauchteris … to the furnising of the werk … for skaffalting fluring dovelling sarking of the leid ruiffis sentreis & coumys making
1544 Aberd. B. Rec. I 197. 1557–8 Edinb. Old Acc. I 253.
Twa dosoun of dowble rauchers to cleith the monitioun hous with
1558–9 Ib. 280.
For twa rauchters to fessing the stoupe
1568 Crail B. Ct. 7 Dec.
1573 Ib. 23 Oct.
For the rauchtteris to the hewcht
1573–4 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. VII 72.
1586 Reg. Privy C. IV 104.
1600 Ib. VI 219.
1658 Misc. Hist. Soc. VII 30.
There was gotten from Charls Murray 40 dales. I beliue they warre rawghteres
1550 Rec. Earld. Orkney 242.
Tua sait buirdis maid of fowr buirdis of rawcheter [etc.]
(c) 1543 Aberd. B. Rec. MS V 18 (Jam.).
Raychteris & burne wod
attrib. 1623 Edinb. Test. LII 52b.
xx rachter daillis at iiij s. the pece

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