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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bailive, Balive, n. Also: baill-, ballive. [med. L. bail-, ball-, balivus: cf. Bailiff,n. and Baillie.] A bailie or bailiff.1616 Dunferm. B. Rec. 260* (provest, ballives & consall of this burghe). 1620 Ann. Banff II. 166 (provest, balives and counsell). 1621 Ib. 407 (bailliues). 1654 S. Leith Rec. 98 (Ion Gray balive of St. Anthonies); Ib. (that seat which is be east the bailives seat).

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