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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Counsel(l)-hous, n. Also: cownsell-. [e.m.E. counsell housse (1526), ME. counsel hous (a 1400). Cf. Counsal(l)-hous.] A council-house. 1533 Bell. Livy I. 70/8.
He maid ane counselhous in maner of ane tempill
1558-66 Knox II. 423.
The courteouris … enterit the Inner Counsellhouse
1606 S. Leith Kirk S. 4.
The lichts cam in the cownsell house of the kirk
1650–1 Misc. Spald. C. V. 177.
For tubbacco and aill to the quarter-maisteris in the laigh counsell house
1690 Peebles B. Rec. II. 134.
To enter themselves prisoners in the common prison … , and from thence to goe to the counsell house, and ther … crave the magistrats pardon
attrib. 1659 Irvine Mun. II. 87.
For … new maid work in mending of the Counsell Hous chymney
1661 Stirling Comm. Good 5 b.
For a pillies to the counsell house bell
1691–3 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 221.
From John Johnston for the counsell house chop

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