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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).

(Rag-weke,) -weik, n. Also: -weyk, week; -wi(c)k, -wyk. [Rag n. and weke a wick.] Chiefly, a candle with a wick made from rag. b. A wick of rag.(a) 1529 Edinb. B. Rec. II 6.
At thai sell the pund thairof [sc. candle] … for vj d. the rag weyk and v d. the lib. the hardis weyk
1551 Ib. 159.
Rag weik
1560 Ib. III 84.
Rag week
1627 Dumbarton B. Rec. 22. 1583 Edinb. Test. XII 248b.
Ten stane wecht of vnschapin rag weikis … , xij stane of schapin rag weikis
(b) 1577 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 61.
Candyll ragwyk … for xvj d. the pund
b. 1633 Dumbarton B. Rec. 42.
Candill 4sh pound, when maid with tow wik, and fourtie pennies when rag wik
1678 Edinb. B. Rec. X 353.
The unsufficiencie of the candle made be the candlemakers be there making the same with rag wicks

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