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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XII).
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Wattir bailyery, Watter bailliery, -ie, n. Also: watter bailyery, - bailyearie, water baillery, - bailliarie. [Wattir balȝe n.] a. The function or jurisdiction of a waterbaillie (Wattir balȝe n. 2). b = Wattir balȝe n. 2.a. 1534–5 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. II 69.
Till Patrik Barroun the office of watter baillierie of thair port and havin of Leyth
1555–6 Edinb. B. Rec. II 239.
Watter bailyery
1556 Edinb. B. Rec. II 243.
1593 Conv. Burghs I 410.
Complayntt … aganis Williame Kirkcaldy … for … taking ane gift of the watter bailliery of thair hevin … of Pettycure, with ane impoist of xvj d. of ilk ferry boittis
1597 Edinb. B. Rec. V 192.
Upoun the mater of the water baillery … that the said office be maid elective yeirlie
1635 Glasgow B. Rec. II 35.
The great contempt the place of watter bailyearie … is fallen in
b. 1620 Edinb. B. Rec. VI 212.
Mungo McCall … hes acceptit in and upoun him the office of ane water bailliarie and to be barroun baillie of Leyth for this yeir … that the same salbe na preparative aganes himself nor na uther … quha hes bene watter baillie or barroun baillie [etc.]

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