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Ferd(e, Feird(e, a. and n. Also: feyrde, fird(e, fyrd, faird, fayrd, feard. [Northern ME. feird, ferd(e, var. of ferðe, ONhb, féarða, OE. féorða.]

1. Fourth in order of number.(a) a1400 Leg. S. vi. 257.
Bot Gad, the ferde day, rase fra ded
Ib. xxv. 494.
Of the ferde Iulyane … I sal tel
c1420 Wynt. ii. 870.
The Scottis cummyn were … in the ferde eylde in Yrland
1456 Hay I. 18/33.
Sanct Mertyn, ferde pape of that name
Ib. 21/1.
Here folowis the visioun of the ferde angel
1471 Acta Aud. 16/2.
The ferde day of October
1501 Dunferm. B. Rec. 116.
The sade Thomas wes amerciat for his nonentra to this covrt as to the ferde court
1533 Boece i. viii. 52.
The ferde moneth thar eftir [thai] to Ergile returnit
1545 Stirling B. Rec. I. 41.
[The council] hes admittit … Archbald Spittale to be adjonit to be ferde bailyie
(b) 1375 Barb. xi. 330.
The ferd battale the nobill kyng Tuk till hym self
a1400 Leg. S. v. 16.
The ferd prewilege mycht be, That [etc.]
14.. Acts I. 324/2.
The ferd tyme thai bondis … aw to be presonnyt
c1420 Wynt. v. 3276.
He wes … in the ferd gre fra Conane
Ib. viii. 671.
Off the Bybill the ferd buke Thai kest wp
1450 Peebles B. Rec. 15.
The ferd mes sal be of the Cors
1456 Hay I. 286/18.
The ferd doctrine … and reugle of bataill in barrieris
1477 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 35.
Andro Ettale, the ferd clerc, sal hafe the Gaistraw
1507 Edinb. Chart. 191.
To begyn yeirlie the said Alhalow fair vpoun the ferd day of … Nouember
1529 Bk. Carlaverock II. 2.
Scho hes optenit our lettres on ȝou in the ferd forme
1545 Elgin Rec. I. 82.
Johane Murray … presentit the samyn in jugement, … and this as the ferd Court
1561 St. A. Kirk S. 86.
He … hard Mr. Alexander speik the wordis specified in the ferd artikyll
1598 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 234.
The hie seige to be exemenit be the ferd regent of the college
a1650 Row 127.
The ferd acte condemned the Presbiterie
c 1655 Mure II. 242/5.
In the thride or ferd generacioun
(c) 1400 Red Bk. Menteith I. 170.
I am bot the feirde degre of kyn tyll yhow
1483 Acts II. 165/2.
As tueching the feird article, considdering the greit tresoun [etc.]
1490 Foulis Chart. MS. (Reg. H.).
The feyrde day of movne of Desember
1529 M. Works Acc. I. 10.
The feird [is the lock] to the carthors stable
1549 Compl. 11/28.
He chesit the face of ane, … the hayr of the feyrd
1562 Digest Justiciary Proc. D. 39.
Fryday the feird day of September
1596 Edinb. Test. XXIX. 208.
I leif the best [ring] to my eldest dochter … and the feird to my feird dochter
1619 Garden Elphinstoun 1397.
The thrid and feird King Iames
(d) a1400 Leg. S. i. 292.
Of Claudij the firde ȝere
Ib. vi. 415.
The fyrd [stage] is … Ve suld eschew auarice
(e) 1588 King Cat. G. vij.
Ane day … was addit to the faird yere in the moneth of Februar

b. The ferd, added to the names of kings or popes. 1456 Hay I. 24/36.
Rycht sa did Henry the ferde
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 270/6.
Iames the ferd was crovned at Scone on Sanct Ihon the baptistis day
1515 Fife Sheriff Ct. 9.
Ane lettir of exempcioune of … king James the feird
1533 Boece vii. iii. 224 b.
Pape Eugenius the ferde
a1578 Pitsc. II. 182/9.
Eftir the deid of King James the fird of Scotland
1589 Exch. R. XXII. 39.
King James the ferd of noble memorie

2. ellipt. a. The fourth day. 1528 Douglas Corr. 137.
Apone Weddynnisday, the ferde of November, the king removit to Edinbrught
1554 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 282.
Ane precept datit the feird of September 1554
1570 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 651/2.
The fayrd of Marche … the feyrd of Apryill
1589 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 130.
As the said act of the dait the ferd instant beris
1600-1610 Melvill 691.
This feard of Marche, 1607

b. The fourth degree of kinship. 1618 Elgin Rec. I. 235.
It wes objectit aganis William Torrie that he stood within feird and fourtis of kin to the persevair

3. Ferd part, a fourth part of a divided thing. 1375 Barb. ix. 593.
Gif thai fled, thai vist that thai Suld nocht weill ferd part get away
1483 Acta Conc. II. p. ciii.
The tak of the ferd part of the said kirk of Drumane
1488 Acta Aud. 125/1.
The ferde parte of the said landis
1535 Stewart 20585.
The ferd part ȝeirlie of thair gude … To procuratouris of Cesaris gart thame pa
1593 Edin. B. Rec. V. 84.
The said collectouris to have ane feard part, the Toune ane uther ferd part, as the Kings grace hes the uther twa ferd parts

4. a. The ferde corne, in estimates of the value of grain for sowing. (See Corn n. 3.) 1490 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 248.
Extending to … xx bollis of bere estymeit to the ferde corne
1503 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I. 74.
That ilk place will gif the thrid querne of ats and the ferd querne of beir
1595 Melville Chart. 137.
Tuentie four bollis quheit, estimat to the feird corne

b. The ferd penny, one in every four. 1507 Rec. Earld. Orkney 80.
As for the thenne penny and the ferd giffin till Helene Ness
1559 Maxwell Old Dundee 50.
[Making a deduction] of the feird penny [from the annuals payable to his benefice]
1593 Edin. B. Rec. V. 78.
Understanding that the said land was brunt … thai remitt the ferd penny thairof

c. Ferd pek, a measure containing the fourth part of a peck. 1595 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 173.
That thai bring … all thair firlottis, pekis, half pekis, and ferd pekis to the tolbuyth to be missourit

5. n. One in the fourth degree of kinship. 1562 Inverness B. Rec. I. 79.
He and Margret Waus ar feyrdis of consanguinitie

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