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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Burges man, n. [Burges n. 3. Also e.m.E. (1540).] A man who is a burgess. 1456 Hay I. 230/14.
A sely alde burges man of the age of ane hundreth ȝeris
1496 Acta Conc. II. 13.
The sade Robert … sal find sufficient souerte of burgesmen in the burowis of Edinburgh, Perth or Aire
1525 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 222.
Na maner of persounis, burges man or vtheris
a1568 Pedder C. 71.
Syne cutt thair luggis, that ȝe may knaw, Thir peddir knavis be burges men
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xciv. 86.
Leif, burgesmen, or all be loist, On ȝour wyfis to mak sic coist
1583 Sat. P. xlv. 878.
Ane burges man there beand bound, Having a trvme schop in the toun
1584 Waus Corr. I. 286.
Provyding he haif ane burges man actit caution to him

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