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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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For(e)land, Foirland, n. [ME. (in sense 2) forlond, forlande (14th c.).]

1. A piece of land next the street, or a building erected on this; a tenement facing the street.(a) 1491 Acta Aud. 149/2.
To warrand … a foreland of ane tennennment liand in the said Cannoungate
1512 Reg. Privy S. I. 375/1.
Ane land and tenement, foreland and bakland
1683 Caldwell P. 141.
Her house having a timber foreland without any glass in the windowes
(b) 1476 Peebles B. Rec. 181.
The forsaid lynoris fand that Walter Blaclokis land was na brader na it awch to be, nother in forland na in mydland
1488 Dunferm. B. Rec. i.
Resignacione … of a bakland vytht a part of the forlande
1509 Prestwick B. Rec. 41.
Ane tenement extending to v rud … of land, forland & bakland
1526 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. I. 154.
All and haill his tenement, that is to say, forland, inland, new and ald barne and ȝard
1548 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 260.
He hes occupeit my loft and forbuith of my forland. induringthe said space
c 1590 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II. 292.
The forland pertening to Gilbert Guthrie, … and the inland to the airis of wmq[uhi]ll Patrick Gordon
(c) 1510 Laing Chart. 70.
The haile foirland of the said tenement … and the haile inner land
1537 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 413.
The foirsaid tenement, foirland, inland, bygyt and for to be bygyt
1580 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 187.
The inhabiteris of the foirlandis … tomes thair closettis and pottis on the hie gaitt
1606 Chron. Perth ii.
The foirland of Andro Ray tuik fyre
1678 Douglas Bequest (Reg. H.) II. 15 Mar.
That litle merchand schop … lying … beneth the foir timber staire or foir land belonging to the airis … of Thomas Traill

2. A headland or cape. 1513 Doug. iii. Prol. 38.
By strange channellis, fronteris, and forlandis, … Now goith our barge
1529 Lynd. Complaynt 145.
For dreid of rockis and foreland To put the ruther in his hand
1535 Stewart 11711.
The schippis draif on forland and on craigis
a1578 Pitsc. II. 122/8.
My lord Rothus schip was gret and drawe nar the foirlandis
?1549 Monro W. Isles 51.
Three grate hills, … quhilk are seen affar off from the fore landis

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