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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).

(Telage,) Teillage, Tillage, n. Also: tillaidge. [e.m.E. tillage (1488-9); Tele v.] The cultivation of land. b. Cultivated land.(a) 1620 Peebles Gleanings 53.
To make teillage thairof, and ilk pleuche to teill a yoking
1628 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II 602.
Being impeidit to cum hither be ressoun of thair teillage and labouring now in … aitseed and beirseede tyme
(b) a1578 Pitsc. (1814) xiv.
The inhabitantis be rather for the most pairt grasieris then plewmen, becaus they give thamselffis more to feiding than to tillage
c1600 Montg. Suppl. xxxiv 110.
The erthe of auld gaue heir encres Without tillage or pane
1623 Perth Kirk S. MS 13 Nov.
Becaus that … the said Johne hes sawin ane pairt thairof with quhyte he craifit that he micht be recompanssit … for his seid and tillage
1651 Rutherglen B. Rec. I 3.
A number of poore people … only leiveing vpon the tillage and labouring of the ground
1680 Glasgow Chart. II 207.
b. 1632 Lithgow Trav. v 191.
It is also beautified with all the ornaments of nature as herbage, tillage, pastorage, fructiferous trees

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