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Dale, Dail(l, n.3 Also: dal (pl. dallis), dayl(e. [Variant (also in northern e.m.E.) of Deil(l n.2 The difference in vowel is unexplained.] A deal or plank.(a) 1496 Treas. Acc. I. 285.
Giffin to the pynouris for bering of vijxx of dalis in a clos to be kepit
Ib. 291.
The clos quhare the Kingis dalis lay
1513 Ib. IV. 483.
To iiij sawaris sawand dalis for the clathing of the powpet of the greit schip
1553 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 76.
Gevin for twa dalis to be ane skelf in the clerkis chalmer
1555–6 Ib. 181.
Ane dosoun … of half dallis to the bynkis to the over tolbuith
1588 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 331.
xij small dalis to cower the saittis in the est kirk
1607 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 261.
The balleis and counsale grantis to Iames Greinleis … the dalis of his awin ludge
1666 Glasgow Chart. II. 93.
Shippes aryveing thair, loaden with timber, payes a dale befoir the mast, and a dale beeft the mast for measuradge
1682 New Mills Manuf. 31.
The house uill need … dales for floureing
(b) 1544 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 197.
The consell ordanit … to byg ane stark bastalȝe, with rauchteris or dailis
1553 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 79.
For upbringing of the daylis fray Leith
1565 Reg. Privy C. I. 403.
That the thesaurare furneis … thre hundrith daillis … to the said artailyearie
1574 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 21.
Twa daillis to be ane dure
1582 Treas. Acc. MS. 101 b.
Thre aickin garronis and twa daillis
1599 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 192.
To delyver … the saxtein daillis … to the reparing of the New Kirk
1607–8 Mun. Univ. Glasg. III. 558.
For sawing of ane daill and the brandry of ane buird
1621 Acts IV. 626/2.
Sindrie persounes … thaickes the same with straye and daillis
1652 Peebles B. Rec. II. .
Ordaines the thesaurer to keep the dailles remaining from the bridges for the use of the chaipel
1666–7 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 216.
For working the timber work, with the shauing of the dayles and sylling of the house
1684 Red Bk. Grandtully II. 262.
Send a fraught of your tenents' horses to carry dails and timber for jeasts
1712 Lanark B. Rec. 285.
A parcell of old daills that were the old serkin of the kirk

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