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Sterage, n.1 Also: steirage, stir(r)age. [Ster(e v.1] Movement, commotion.(a) 1513 Doug. ii xi 82.
Me, quhan laitly na wapyn, … maid agast, Ilke swowch of wynd, and euery quhispir now, And alkyn sterage affrayt
1513 Doug. iv v 4.
Fame is myscheif, quham na harm vndyr the lyft In motioun nor sterage is mair swyft
1513 Doug. vi v 45.
Awondrit of this sterage and the pres, ‘Say me, … ' quod Ene,’ … Quhat menys sik confluence … Quhat wald thir sawlys? Quhy nyl thai nocht byde?’
1513 Doug. viii x 97.
With hasty sterage thar most thou behald The werys rasyt aganys the Romanys bald
1513 Doug. ix vi 89.
Hesebus dang he down … Rhetus eik, lay walkand hard thame by, Behaldand all thar sterage and deray
1513 Doug. xi xvii 94.
The dynnyng of thar hors feit … Thar stampyng sterage
1513 Doug. xiii Prol. 49.
Thar soft quyet But sterage or removing
1535 Stewart 40533.
To remane … Without sterage ay still as ony stone
(b) 1600-1610 Melvill 277.
It was fund, that na steirage at all was in the countrey of Papists … or anie trubelsome inordinat persones
(c) c1590 J. Stewart 27/462.
He stabill stands, and dois no stirage mak
c1590 J. Stewart 39/326.
He neuir start Nor onie stirage meed
16… Nat. Lib. MS Hist. Ser. 183, 130. p. 151.
That a marischal be chosen, to take order for the march and stirrage

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