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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Burges wyf(e, n. [Burges n. 3.] The wife of a burgess. c1540 Lynd. Syde Taillis 71.
In burrowis wantoun burges wyiffis Quha may haue sydest taillis stryiffis
c1552 Id. Mon. 5834.
Ȝe wantoun ladyis, and burgis wyuis
1551 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 160.
That na maner of maltmen … sell ony malt first to ony parsonis of this burgh bot to the burges wyffis
1567 G. Ball. 204.
With burges wyffis thay led thair lyues
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xv. 71.
Grace be to the gude burges wyffis
Id. Ib. xciv. 3.
Off burges wyfis thocht I speik heir, Think weill of all women I mene
1600 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 295.
Scho sall be degradet of the busk of ane burges wyfe

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