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Smiddy, Smyddy(e, Smedy(e, Smethi(e, Smithy, n. Also: smidd(i)(e, smydd(i)e, -ay, smidy, -ie, -ey, smydy, -ie, -e(y, smed(i)e, smeddy, -ie, smuddie, smodie, smythy, -i(e, , smethy, (smeythe, smethu). [ME and e.m.E. smiþi, smeþey, smethi (all Cursor M.), smythy (Prompt. Parv.), smethy (1469-70), smithie (1556), smiddie (1665), ON smiðja.] A smithy, the workshop of a smith, a blacksmith's shop, a forge. (a) The ii rude that the smyddy standis; 1472 Ayr B. Ct. 15 Dec.
For tua laid of colis … to the smyddy; 1497 Treas. Acc. I 328.
Smiddie; 1507 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III 140.
For ane water trouch for the smyddye and othir werk lumys; 1508 Treas. Acc. IV 140.
Dowcattes wright housses smiddies brewcroftes [etc.]; 1537 Liber Dryburgh 283.
Grantitt the said pece land to Johne Smyth to be his smydde, and to be byggitt be the tovne; 1549 Banff Ann. I 26.
Smyddeis; 1553 Glasgow Prot. I 57.
In the smidday … Item thre iron studdis and ane cruik studie … thre naill toullis to mak nalis for peces of artailyearie … four foir hammeris of irne … tua pair bailles … ane schering vys … ane irne yet for Sanct Margrettis tour … ane weying brod garnesit with irne; 1566 Inv. Wardrobe 168.
In the smiddie, ane irne studie, ane licht hammer, ane littill pair of glammis but the vys, and ane pair of belleis [etc.]; 1580 Reg. Privy C. III 320.
Jhonn Gilcryst, smyth, to sett vp ane traveis of tymmer for shoing of horsis besyde his smiddy; 1583 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 287.
Fals coinȝie, prentit and forgeit be the said Arthour Smyth, in his smiddie; 1603 Crim. Trials II 418.
He wes at the smiddie … laying and mending the pleuch yrnes; 1605 Dundonald Par. Rec. 69.
Smiddie; 1607 Melrose Reg. Rec. I 36.
For carying the stockis fra the croce to Thomas Greves smiddie; 1645–6 Peebles Gleanings 256.
1656 Rothesay B. Rec. 265.
In respect of the danger of fyre, from the incomodiousness of the smithis shops in the centre of the town, the gavells in every case to be built with lime as far up as the smiddie extends; 1664 Irving Dumbartonsh. II App. 330.
Going to the smiddie with a ladle to mend; 1666 Dunkeld Presb. II 66.
(b) Owr predecessoris … tholyt the smyth tyll byg ane smyde in the moss becaus of his colys and fuell; 1459 Liber Aberbr. II 107.
On him come nowther stole nor fannoun For smowking of the smydy; Dunb. (OUP) 162/56.
For careing of the iyron slang out of the warkhous to the smydie; 1615 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 353.
Grants licence to Johne Scott to build ane smydie at the brig as it is stobit, being threttie fuits of lenthe and tuentie of breid; 1643 Glasgow B. Rec. II 58.
[They] rode to a smidey a mile west and shod their horses; Russell Account 423.
(c) Le smedys in Carric Gate; 1428–31 Ayr & W. Coll. I 226.
To the stripe be west the smedy; 14… Reg. Episc. Aberd. I 246.
Smaddit lyke a smaik smorit in a smedy; Howlat 825 (A).
To Stene, smyth, for v wolkis and ij dayis wyrkane in the smede, … xxxiij s. iiij d.; 1494 Treas. Acc. I 250.
In ane smedie I be smorit with smuke; Lynd. Test. Pap. 1168.
ijc sclait to compleit the ruf of the munitioun hous abone the smedy; 1539 Treas. Acc. VII 345.
For ane wyce to the smedie; 1615 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 357.
For mending the tua chimnayis in the smedy with cat and cley; 1615 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 360.
(d) My father send me to the smeddy for dressing of hewkes and sum yron instruments; Melvill 24.
(e) My landis … to be hade to the forsaid Alexander … with col & lyme with smethiis with mill & multuris [etc.]; 1400 MacRae Early Sc. Texts No. 7.
Item thyrl to the smethy of ix ferlotis of meil of the pluch; 1450–1 Reg. Episc. Brechin. II 86.
That the sade Thomas dois na wrang in the withhalding of the sadis smethy and bellise; 1499–1500 Acta Conc. II 403.
Smethie; 1594 Breadalbane Ct. Bk. 51.
Smeythes; 1600 Glasgow B. Rec. I 203 (see Smith(e n. 1 (c) and 2 attrib. where this may properly belong).
(f) Wyth hammerys clynkand on a stythy, Quhar men war wyrkand in a smythy [W. smyddy, E. smedye]; Wynt. i 228.
Smythiis; 1461 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 362.
For bering of a ryvin gunstok fra the Kingis Werk to Johne Lammys smythy to bynd it; 1496 Treas. Acc. I 289.
For uphaulding of thair myllis and smythes waterticht; 1621 Black Bk. Taymouth 358.
(g) Ordainit none of the tennentis … goe to any smuddies to work thair plough yrones or any other yron wark but onlie to Wm. Gow; 1661 Old Ross-shire II 50.

b. comb. Chiefly in place names. In loco qui dicitur ly Smethy Barr; 1426 Irvine Mun. I 130.
Smedebar; 1540–41 Irvine Mun. I 168.
Ye brocht ane woman out of the tounheid, and causit me stay at the smyddie bar quhill ye returnit; Trial Isobel Inch 13.
The burrow land on the eist the smiddie barr on the north and the hie street on the west pairts; 1684 Irvine Deeds MSS (Disposition, Francis to Hamilton).
Fra the lone souith outtow the ȝard dykis vnto the smedie burn; 1577 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 37b.
De iiij s. de Smethycrofft; 1456 Exch. R. VI 216.
Le Broustercroft et le Smythycroft; 1461 Exch. R. VII 88.
Smethy-croft; 1527 Reg. Privy S. in Orig. Par. II ii 533.
The saidis smyddie and mylne croftis; 1549 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I 439.
Ane akir of land … callit the smedy croft; 1554 Reg. Cupar A. II 253.
The landis callit Smeddie Croft [etc.]; 1563 Inchaffray Reg. 100.
The accris callit the New yairde … Smidde croft [etc.]; 1585 Inchaffray Reg. 130.
To Johne Smyth smyth in Denemyln off all and haill the Smyddie and Smyddie Croft land of Denemyln [etc.]; 1585–6 Liber Scon App. 224.
Smidycroft; 1606–23 Reg. Episc. Morav. App. 426.
Terras meas antiquitus nuncupatas le smythihalch; 1459 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. I 8.
Lie Smydde-hawch; 1537–8 Exch. R. XVII 749.
Terras … de Smythyhill, Halton; 1379 Reg. Great S. (1814) 152/2.
Terras … de Halton & Smethuhill; 1383 Reg. Great S. (1814) 170/1.
For the … awataking … of fifty viij thraif of corne takin be thaim out of smythyquarter and for the wrangwis occupacioun of the samyn landis; 1483 Acta Aud. 122*/2.
And to the landis of Alexander Gibsone liand in the Smedye Raw; 1554 Grey Friars II 80.
The said proveist [etc.] … have sold … the smiddiested and yeard following thairto … for the soume of eight punds money Scottis; 1659 Rothesay B. Rec. 28.
[One tenement is named … ] ‘The Smiddy Stoop’; 1481 Lindores A. 187.

c. attrib. (1) [Tenants] that refusit to maik hym thankfull payment of thair ȝeirlie smeddie boll; 1604 Urie Baron Ct. 8.
The haill tennents … to wirk thair irne wark with James Smyth in Hairstaine, and to pay to him thair smydie boll ȝeirlie; 1621 Ct. Bk. of the Barony of Leys in Misc. Spald. C. V 221.
To examine Richeard Fairbairne his smydy accompts; 1668 Stitchill Baron Ct. 52.
Smiddie rent; 1699 Jervise Land of the Lindsays App. 326.
(2) The smyddye lwmes following, viz., ane studie, ane pair belleis, … hammeris, thre teangis, ane bulle-aix, and the naill tuyll; 1569 Inverness Rec. I 178.
James Tomson that wrangusle … makis schone of horse leddir, waittis of smyddie belleissis [etc.]; 1576 Inverness Rec. I 250.
I leue my said smyddie graith to … my sone; 1584 Edinb. Test. XIV 176b.
Ane pair of smythie bellies price ten pundis; 1619 Edinb. Test. L 213b.
He leawes to Robert Low … the heall smidie and smidie loomis; 1658 Brechin Test. VI 148b.
iiij gret smidde hammeris price of the pece viij s.; 1530–1700 Ex. Processes (Reg. H.) Merschell v. Muire.
(3) John Vilson, ballie, gaif … possessione to Elezabet Malcum of the smedy hovs; 1517 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 177.
To theik the smyddyhows … with new sklait; 1583 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 312.
For ane lock to the smeddie loft; 1615 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 352.
For … haurling of the smedie chimnayes; 1616 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 5.
For hir kyndnes of the old smiddihous hir husband buildit on the townes ground in Briggait; 1649 Glasgow B. Rec. II 516.
(4) Furth of his bed stertis, and hint his gere, And to his smedy craft and forge hym spedis; Doug. viii vii 107 (Ruddim.).
The warkloymes … quhilkis pertenet to the smyddie craft; 1595 Brechin Test. I 144.
Euerie plucht … to pay … for thair smeddie wark ane boll of aittis; 1604 Urie Baron Ct. 8.
The craft have admitted him to work in all the arts and science of smyddie craft; 1617 Perth Hammermen in Whitelaw Sc. Arms Makers 260.
For smydy werke, one pund eight shillings; 1669 Stitchill Baron Ct. 54.
Smiddie work; 1674 Cunningham Diary 38.
(5) Sone smeir thé ouir with smiddie smuik; Rolland Seven S. Schort Schawing 31.
I grein to sie the sillie smiddy smeik; Montg. Sonn. xxv 2.
To weshe hir barne with irne vre and smiddie schinders; 1596 Elgin Rec. II 45.
And elf-gett Polluart helpis the smithy smuik; James VI in Montg. Suppl. 266.
(b) The reike up raise as ane smodie smoke; Clar. v 2018.

d. As the second element of a compound. To ane pur wif at the blak smydy; 1503 Treas. Acc. II 366.

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