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Raftre, Raftar, n. [e.m.E. and ME raftre (c1200), rafter, OE ræfter. Cf. Rachtir n.] A plank, beam of wood. — c1475 Wall. v 209.
A gret raftre he had in till his hand
Ib. vii 449. 1521 Dundee B. Ct. I fol. 41b (2 Aug.).
xij raftreis
Ib. fol. 49 (11 Oct.).
All sawaris in this burgh … sall tak na mar bot ij d. for the draucht of the raftre & iij d. for estland burd & iij d. for dale burdis
1523 Ib. fol. 143 (15 May).
The wrangous takyng away of the Norway mannis raftreis
1574–5 Haddington Treas. Acc. 19.
For xii raftarris to the kyrk wark

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