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Spil(l)ing, -yng, vbl. n. Also: spillyn(e, spylling, -yng, -yne, -en. [ME and e.m.E. spillynge (a1340), spyllynge (Prompt. Parv.), spilling (1593); Spil(l v.] The action of Spil(l v. in senses 4, 4 c, 5 b and 6; the damage or ruin so caused. Also const. to the person harmed. Quot. 1520 Wigtown B. Ct. in (1) is not clear and may refer to the hair on the head or haircloth or something of the sort. (1) Leif … to brek stanys and away leid thru the landis of the said Waltyr Monypenyis withoutyn grete foilyng and spillyng of his soilie and his teleland; 1434–5 Reg. St. A. 424.
The said assis determyit … that the said spillyng & wettyng come nocht throu … mysgouernance of the said maister … bot al anerly of storme wedder; 1460–1 Aberd. B. Rec. MS V i p. 414 (17 March).
To the said William Henrisoun … for the scaitht of his hors ryding & spilling x s.; 1478–9 Acta Aud. 82/1.
The quhilk day the actionis debatabill betwix Adam Man … and John Rows … for the spillyn of a wob and of his werkmanschip and of his werkyn at he sulde haue wrocht witht him for a yer; 1493 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 43.
The wrangwis distructioun & spilling of his chemys & punfald in Auchinane; 1493 Acta Conc. I 307/1.
Spillyne; 1499–1500 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 106.
The vrangvis spillyn of vij bollis and j half of malt quhilk suld haue bene sufficient stuff and weill maid; 1501 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 115.
For the vrangus spilling of thre schoir of ellis of clayth; 1517 Wigtown B. Ct. 75a.
Alexr McSkemyng to Nannis Caldwellis cha. for the vrangus trubling & spilling of hir air in hir hous; 1520 Wigtown B. Ct. 101b.
Spylling; 1532 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 122 (see Spil(l v. 4 (1) p.t).
Fore the wrangus dynging & spyllyng of his corne; 1534 Wigtown B. Ct. 295b.
The … tinsale rotting & spilling of thair guidis; 1537 Acta Conc. & Sess. MS IX 81b.
Spyllen; 1561 Prestwick B. Rec. 66.
Johne McBean … to … pay to Johne Moyr … vij s. monie for breking of his arrow and cutting and spilling of his bow; 1567 Inverness Rec. I 151.
The counsale of Dunde … hes causit arreist thair gudis in the oppin schoir in dangeare of spilling and tinsell not permitting the same to be schippit nor sellarit without thay pay the said taxt; 1574 Reg. Privy C. II 408.
1616 Glasgow Weavers 54 (see Spil(l v. 4 c. (1)).
The counsell unlawes Allexander Cunynghame … for breking and spilling the kingis hie gait; 1641 Stirling B. Rec. I 183.
Fore vrangus spyllyne to hyme of viii bollis of malt; 1533 Wigtown B. Ct. 273b.
For spiling of certane linen claith to her in the weiving … sche seeing spilt caust vissit the same, and cut it out of the lums; 1635 Dumbarton B. Rec. 47.
(2) Gyf ony wacheman … tak hyre for cause of spilling or makyng les of the constitution of the toun … he sal be deprevit of hys offyce; Bute MS fol. 160.
It is … ordanit that … quhare thar beis ony presumpcione violent of rebellione or spilling of the cuntre … that the lieutenande [etc.]; 1438 Acts II 32/2.
The said day … Isbell Tailȝour for spilling of the merkat in amerciament; 1535 Aberd. B. Rec. MS fol. 31.
I spair to speik for spilling of my taill; Bann. MS 217a/19.
The decay of his rents, spilling of the coynȝie; the decay & ruine of his policies [etc.]; 1595 Purves Revenue Crown 8.
The spilling … of a guid cause; 1596 Melvill 383.
Violent presumptions of spilling and troubling the countrey; Mackenzie Observ. (1687) 34.
(3) The said supplicant hes built ane steip … which, with ane other steip belonging to Thomas Smyth, so throngs the malt that the same is in poynt of spilling; 1666 Peebles B. Rec. II 71.
(4) The battaill … sa feloune was And swa rycht gret spilling of blud, That on the erd the flousis stud; Barb. xiii 19.
Barb. xx 178.
Alsua schir alderman and balyeis we fynd James Helme and Adam Rutherfurd hes done wrangis to yow and the towne be caus of spillyne of the kingis bluid; 1516 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 37.

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