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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).

Village, n. Also: villege, willage, -aig(e, -aydg(e, vilaige, welag(e. Pl. also willagies. [ME and e.m.E. village (Chaucer), wylage (a1529), OF vil(l)age.] A village, a centre of habitation smaller than a town; a settlement chiefly concerned with agriculture. b. Applied to a town.(a) 1456 Hay I 152/10.
Gif a capitane pas with his folk … and logis him in a village quhare the contree folk [etc.]
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2744.
Lordis that hes land … And settis to the mailleris ane village [H. villege]
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 110/55.
Proclamit is thi name … In every cete, village, and in toune
1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 712.
The wyffis of the village cryis, with cair, Quhen thai persaue ȝour muow ouirthort thar medis
1533 Bell. Livy I 289/12.
Pestilence … throw quhilk nocht anerlie the landwart villagis bot als the ciete … was desert
1549 Compl. 87/3.
Ȝour ald mortal enemes … dayly distroyand ȝour feildis, villagis and buroustounis
1554 Misc. Bann. C. II 29.
Incaise Harbargary had bene the name of ane village or sary toun
1562-3 Winȝet II 17/7.
We, fleand the frequent cumpanie of townis and wtheris vnquietnes, remanis in the secret duelling place of a quiet village
a1578 Pitsc. I 15/28.
The principallis … causit proclame letteris at the marcatt crosses and principall willaiges of this realme
1593 Acts IV 23/2.
All and haill the landis … townis willages … quhilkis … pertenit … to the abbacie … of Dumfermling
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Bondagivm.
[They] ar called villani … as they haue the cure of villages, and landwart husbandrie committed to them
1668 Lauder Jrnl. 192.
Northtoun a willage or meling belonging to the Laird of Halton
1692 Misc. B. Rec. 69.
Villages and kirktowns within ther precinct … who wrong ther trade
c1615 Chron. Kings 89.
pl. a1578 Pitsc. I 365/22.
(b) 1547 Cal. Sc. P. I 52.
The nam of the abbay that is brynt is callit Balmuryno, with certane other welagis
a1578 Pitsc. II 11/22.
Money wther touns and welagis adiacent
attrib. 1622-6 Bisset I 4/26.
Vien ane vilaige toun besyde Lyonis in France
b. c1475 Wall. iv 359.
He … to the toune [sc. Perth] couth fair The mar kepyt the port of that willage

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