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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).

Thekar, -er, Thatcher, n. Also thei(c)kar, -er, theaker, thicker, thycker, thachir, thaggar. [Late ME and e.m.E. thekare (15th c., north.), thakker (1420, Coventry Leet-bk.), thaccer (c1440), theker (Cath. Angl.), thatcher (1562-3, also 1641, north.), thacker (1573), theaker (1658, north.).] One who roofs or thatches houses. Also uninfl. pl.Also in personal names. See also Black Surnames s.v. Thacker. 1330 Exch. R. I 325.
Thome Theker
1398–1400 Aberd. B. Rec. (SHS) 91.
(a) 1529 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 7.
To ane theikar for the theking of the said brwhous
1554–5 Edinb. B. Rec. II 360.
To ane thekar to theik the thre choippis
1586 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 477.
John Watt, theiker
1609 Hilderstoun Silver Mines II 21.
Theiking the housis … to Johne Mayne for sex dayis wark in serving the theiker at v s. in the day
1640 Dumfries Treas. Acc. 11.
To Johne Rae theicker for ane hundreth stobis and ane day and ane halfe theicking of the sandbed mylne
1641 Kirkcaldy Presb. 204.
Item to theakers and casters up 7 merks
(b) 1648 Tulliallan Coal Wks. 56b.
Ane man to serve the thycker 2 dayes … 10 s.
1656 Edinb. Justices Peace 408.
A thicker of housis, who is so designed, for his constant trade in [blank] ice, is to have eight shillings Scots, without meat and drink, and four shillings, with meat and drink, for a dayes work and service
1670 Glasgow Weavers 82.
To Androw Ȝeimock, thicker for mending the hollis in Balwastie land
(c) 1398–1400 Aberd. B. Rec. (SHS) 92.
Willelmus Forglen crimavit le thachir
1684 Wodrow Hist. IV (1830) 170.
John Gate thatcher in Glasgow
(d) 1521 Stirling B. Rec. I 11.
uninfl. pl. 1659 Rothesay B. Rec. 282.
Allexander Wode and Johne McKinley theickar burgesses of Rothesay

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