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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Burd-, Buirdheid, n. Also: boord head. [Burde n.1 4.] The head of a table. 15.. Clar. iv. 799.
At the buird heid they set the Earle Esture
1560 Rolland Seven S. 146/16.
At the buird heid scho sat hir awin self doun
1582 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 255.
Williame Hoppringill … cuming to the buird heid of the jugment saitt
1614 Crim. Trials III. 266.
Haifing persauet the said Alexander Blair … to haif laid doun the said wallet vpoune the burd heid
1640 Baillie I. 272.
His Lordschip … makes towards his place at the boord-head
1641 Kirkcaldy Presb. 204.
For fixed buird head and forme thairto, timber and workmanshipp
1642 S. Leith Rec. 40.
The generall places for the service at the comunione … for the boord head Iame Rochhead

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