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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Beforehand, adv. Also: beforhand(e, befoirhand; befor handis. [ME. before hand, biforhand (c 1300), biuoren hond (c 1225). Cf. Hand n.] In advance.(a) 1417 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 149 (til the sustentacioun of my lady beforehand fully payit). 1475 Lennox Mun. 104 (tuell ȝeris male before hande payit). 1485 Liber Aberbr. 241 (we hald ws payt beforhand). 1514 Acta Conc. MS. 93 (the thesaurar sall pay wolkly befor hand … ).(b) 1479 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. 371 ( … grawnts hym tyl haue resauit befor handis twa hundreth pundis).

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