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Vo(e, Wo, n. (Orkney and Shetland dial. vo, ON vágr, creek, bay.) 1603 Shetland Sheriff Ct. MS 95b.
To quite thame selffis of the fischeing with thair haddok lynis within thair wois fra Beltane to Hallowmes
1604 Misc. Maitl. C. II 156.
Na persoun … sall fische … within ony wo
1615 Orkney & Shetl. Ct. Bks. 71.
Transporting of the ministrie over the foirsaidis ferries and utheris necessar soundis or vois for serveing of thair cures
1615 Orkney & Shetl. Ct. Bks. 89.
Midgarthe be north the vo
An Explication of some Norish words used in Orkney & Zetland in a1688 Wallace Orkney 111.
Voe, a creek or bay
1701 Brand Orkney & Shetl. 65.
The mainland … is … intersected with voes, sounds or lochs
1701 Brand Orkney & Shetl. 83.
In this parish are several very good voes or harbours commodious for ships to ride in

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