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Alehous(e, Ailhous(e, n. Also: alehowse, alhous; ailhows, aillhous(e, ailehouse; helehous. [ME. alehous, OE. ealahús.] A house where ale is sold.1388 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 294. 1495 Reg. Cupar A. I. 246.
The common ailhouse pertenyng til our myl of Kethik
1498 Edinb. B. Rec. 75.
That all tauernis and ailhous[is] be closit in fra the said hour furth
1506 Treas. Acc. III. 372.
To the wif of the mure alhous quhair the King disjunit
1509 Reg. Privy S. I. 279/1.
Al and sindri the kingis landis of Drumboy, with the alehous of the samyn
c1500-c1512 Dunb. v. 15; Ib. 28.
Sa scho had hap to be horsit to hir herbry, Att ane ailhouse neir hevin
1535 Grant Chart. 79.
The … landis … with the myln, ailehouse, wod, fischeing and croftis
1552 Reg. Cupar A. II. 104.
1579 Acts III. 138/1.
Passing to tavernis & ailhousis … in tyme of sermone or prayers on the sonday
1617 Ib. IV. 548/2.
Hanting of Tavernis and ailhousis efter ten houres at nycht
1624 Hist. Soc. Misc. 219.
Jhone Mitchell, for the ailhouse off Fiddes, theackis … the old girnell house

b. Attrib. with croft, man, tulȝie (quarrel). 1446 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 250.
Robert Innes hes in assedatioun of the bishope the ailhous croft of littil Dunmeitht
1572 Fam. Rose 261.
The tway plewchis landis … with the ailhous and ailhowscroft of the samen
1613 Grant Chart. 212.
Prowyding alwayis, that this mutuall band be nawayis extendit to … aillhous tulȝies and suddanties
1651 Strathbogie Presb. 196.
[He] was no tipler nor ailhouseman

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