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(Se-port,) Sey-port(e, n. Also: sie-, sea- and -portt, -poirt. [18th c. Eng. sea-port (1705); Se n.1 and Port n.1] a. A town containing a harbour or haven. b. A harbour, haven.a. 1538 Treas. Acc. VII 92.
To all the sey portis be north Forth and Tay and all the northland
1579 Conv. Burghs I 81.
That … thair be elected … certan jedge maisteris at every sea poirt
1586 Conv. Burghs I 219.
The magistratis of ilk burgh and sea portt
1596 Dalr. I 43/28.
The cheif toune in Cathness is called Wik: ar lykwyse mony touris, and sey portis verie commodious
1624 Crim. Trials III 570.
In St. Johnnes, a sie-poirt within the kingdome of Spayne
b. 1588 Ayr Chart. 55.
The harbry, seyport, and brig of our said burgh
1596 Dalr. I 8/26.
Schipe raides, sey portes, and haiuining places, of quhilkes mony are verie commodious
1596 Dalr. I 17/12.
It hes a verie commodious seyporte, quhairin litle schipis ten myles frome the sey restis besyde the brig
1615 Denmylne MSS in Highland P. III 254.
For thai pat forcis on all the sea-poirtis, to stop his landing

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