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Bounteth, n. Also: boundteth, bountetht, bunteth, -ith; bountethe, boun-, bownteith, -teyth; bountath, bundtaithe. [ME. bountith, OF. bunted, buntet, var. of bontet, Bonteth.] A bounty or gratuity.(a) 1540 Treas. Acc. VII. 415.
Gevin to Johnne Burnhill, maister masoun, for his bounteth
1552–3 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 279.
Five pair of hois and five doublattis of fustain gevin to the four masonis … for thair bountetht
1558 Reg. Cupar A. II. 268.
Give the said Johne … beis ane gude, trew, faythtfull seruand … he sall haif ane bountetht at the sycht of Dauid Ogiluy
1562–3 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 159.
Vtheris masonis … had obtenit thair burgessschippis fre for thair bounteth and reward
1577 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 57.
Quhais fynes wes gewin … to James Scot, payntour, for his bountetht and laubouris … in culloring of the knok
1585 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 411.
[The council] refers his boundteth to be maid be thair discretioun
1586 Grant Chart. 291.
To his servandis for thair half ȝeiris feis and bountethis
1590 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 26.
To gif to Nicoll Gilmure, wricht, the sowm of ten pund for his bounteth at the kirk wark
1657 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 152.
He sould onlie given three pund of fie and bounteth
1680 Foulis Acc. Bk. 30.
To a tailyeour in arles. I have agreed with him for 40 lib. for fee and bounteth for a yeir
(b) 1558–9 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 289.
To Johnne Duncan for his bundtaithe, x quartars blak fustiane
1561 Misc. Maitl. C. II. 300.
To Jonet Somerwell viij s. for seruice maid be hir … and iij s. of bountath
1579 Misc. Bann. C. II. 202.
To Bessie Norwell, seruand, for hir feis and bountath restand, thrie pundis
1581 Edinb. Test. X. 47.
To Katharne Smytht for hir fie & bountath, xls
(c) 1559-60 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 321.
To Thomas Jaktyoun, massoun, to his bountethe ... ane eln of stamying
1581 Red Bk. Menteith II. 420.
For the wynning of ane thousand skailȝe, bownteyth and all
1589 Glasgow Burgesses 19.
Bownteith … for glasing of the wyndois
1601 Prestwick B. Rec. 85.
It sall be sauld … for four d. the draucht, and ane pek of ber to the hunder of bountethe
1617–8 M. Works Acc. XIV. 10 b.
To Adam Elphinstoun glasyer … for his bunteyth, xl s
1622 Misc. Bann. C. III. 203.
To Kathareine Kowane, servand, for hir ȝeiris fie and bountethe
1653 Peebles B. Rec. II. 13.
Richart Porteous conduceit herd … to have for his fie and bounteith four schilling Scottes for ilk scheepe pastureit
1664 Glasgow Weavers 118.
The chairges and expensis debursit for bountethes

b. Attrib. with clais, claith, woll. 1621 Edinb. Test. LI. 125.
To the said Robert, … gairdner in Ballincreiff, for his ȝeiris bountethe clais
To Robert Fairlie, nolthird, … thrie elnes bountethe gray claithe
To Iohne Hamiltoune, gairdner … ane stane bounteth woll

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