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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XII).

Weyhous, Wyhous, Weghous, n. Also: vey-, wye-, wie-, weyh-, weigh-, weght-, way- and -hows, -hous(e, -houss, vyous, wieoves, wiewes, weighous, waghouse. Pl. weyhousses. [Late ME and e.m.E. weyhous (1438), weyhouse (1530), weigh house (1649), MLG wegehus, Germ. wagehaus; We(y v.] A public building for the weighing of commodities. Also attrib. 1550 Dundee B. Ct. II 11b (4 Nov.).
George Rollok … hes biddine for the commone veyhous xxx li. in the ȝeir
1551 Dundee B. Ct. II 99b (21 Oct.).
1554 Dundee B. Ct. II 347 (9 Nov.).
1595 Duncan App. Etym.
Libripens, a maister of wey-hows
1602 Montrose Treas. Acc. 10a.
The wyehous xxv li.
1610 Reg. Privy C. IX 103.
[They] wer appointit to sight the place wherin the toun of Edinburgh ar myndit to big thair weyhhouse
1612 Edinb. B. Rec. VI 86.
The weyhous of the burgh at the overtrone now in bigging
1614 Edinb. B. Rec. VI 118.
Agreyit with James Smyth, knokmaker, for making ane knok to thair weyhous
1616 Stirling B. Rec. I 144.
Quhill ane weyhous and wechtis be had … within this burgh
1632 Aberd. B. Rec. III 48.
Thomas Clerk, takisman of the tounes weyhous and toll customes
1640 Bk. Carlaverock II 502.
In the waghouse, a haighbut [etc.]
1656 Dumfries Council Min. MS 20 Oct.
The toll of the … weighous
1657 Edinb. B. Rec. IX 57.
1665 Irons Leith II 129.
To give … to oure said parioch of Leith the bell of the weigh-hous of Edinburgh
1666 Greyfriars Interments 19.
George Ames, merchant (above the wieoves)
1666 Greyfriars Interments 349.
William Johnstone, merchant, … (above the wiewes)
1667 Peebles B. Rec. II 74.
Ane publict wey-house to be built … upon the eist syde of the croce
1669 Salmon Borrowstounness 86.
1670 Gordon's Aberd. 17.
A weghous or packhous upon the keyhead
1674 Edinb. B. Rec. X 181.
1676 Edinb. B. Rec. X 278.
1676 Conv. Burghs III 668.
That … the merchands … be free to sell their merchandice by the peice, … without being oblidged to bring the same to the wiehouse
1677 Cochran-Patrick Coinage II 179.
1679 Stirling Common Good 134a.
Way hous
1680 Cunningham Diary 115.
Payd at the weigh-house for weighing me, 4 s.
attrib. 1661 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. I 47.
The said weyhouse door
1714 Peebles B. Rec. II 188.
The said bell to be … sent … to Edinburgh … after weighing at the weighhouse, for quhich the persone intrusted is to bring the weighhous notte

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