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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XII).
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Wattir missour, Watter mesour, -measur, Water me(a)sure, n. [Late ME and e.m.E. water mesure (1465), water measure (1581).] a. = Wattir mett n. 1. b. = Wattir mett n. 2. —a. 1478–9 Acta Conc. I 27/2.
xxiiij bollis of quhete gude & sufficiand merchand ware of the water mesure of Leithe
1609 Reg. Great S. 71/1.
Cum potestate … levandi parvas custumas infra omnes bondas fluviorum de Leavin et Clyd cum coquetarum divoriis (the dewtie of coqueitis, … anchoragis, wattir-missouris, dok-maillis, shoir-silvir [etc.])
1656 Conv. Burghs III 417.
The watter measur of salt sould contein 18 pecks
1685 Paterson Sc. Arithm. 8.
The half boll mett of the water measure of Leith containeth 9 pecks
b. 1508 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 118.
Ordanis the thesaurare to mak certane watter mesouris to serve our soverane lordis liegis … and that the wattir hale boll to contene lxxxxvj pyntis [etc.] … and that thir mesouris serve till quheit beir and ry and all vther victuallis and that the fermoraris of the dewteis of the toun vs nor len na mesouris bot of the quantitie aboue writtin … swa that the chalder be the watter met contene xviij bollis land mett

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