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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Cottary, Cotter(i)e, n. [f. Cot n.2 or Cottar.] A cottar's holding. 1473 Reg. Cupar A. I. 177.
Be it kend … ws … to haue grantit and to ferm lattyn our landis of the Batchel, in form of cottary
1623 Reg. Great S. 157/2.
Concessit dicte Annabelle … terras de Insche (exceptis cottagiis lie cottaries earundem)
1629 Macleod P. (Reg. H.) 17 June.
Gif the said half cottere will nocht extend to the said sawing, in that cas the said Duncane sall haf samekill of that cotterie callit Maltis fald
1646 Dunferm. Kirk S. 17.
Elders and deacons nominat and chosen … 2d Quarter, Prymos and thair cottaries; Eistergellet with thair cottaries

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