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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).
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Wal(l)-plat(e, -plait, n. Also: wall-, valplet, wa-, vaplait. [ME and e.m.E. walplat(e (1394), wailplate (1505-6); Plat n.2, Plate n.1] A spar of timber attached to a. The vertical face of a wall, as a support (for, e.g., tapestry) or b. The top of a wall as a fixing point for joists or rafters. c. Such a spar used for other purposes.a., b., c. 1529–30 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 25.
To Thomas Inglis wrycht … cuttand tymmer for wall platis
1529–30 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 29.
Makand cowmis walplatis for siling
1530 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 31.
vii draucht of aikkin sparris for walplaitis
1530 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 42.
For wall plaitis of ane eische for the kingis grace letacamp bed
1581 Treas. Acc. MS 72(2).
Tymmer and vailles tobe wall plaittis to beir the tapestrie
1605 Tailor's Acc. Bk. 34.
For ii lyttill ruf sparis to lay the fluring on & to be walplattis to the wallis
1605 Tailor's Acc. Bk. 34.
For four battis of irne to kapill to the walplattis to the wall
1623–4 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 155.
For making ane press for my Lady Marres galrie … and for putting up of sum wall plaittis thair
1628 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 235.
31 cast of singill garroun naill of valplet all iiii d. the peace
1628 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 236.
For sawing of xvi daillis to be wallplat
1628 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 240.
1628 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 261.
1628 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 266.
Thrie cleik heuchis for the waplaitis
1628 Misc. Maitl. C. III 373.
The Chaippill Ryall … betuix the rufe and the wall pletis to have ane course of pannallis armes and badgeis round about

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