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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Garsum, -som(e, n. Also: garswm, -sume, gairsome. [ME. garsum (c 1225).] = Gersum. Also attrib. with land. 1502 Orkney Rentals i. 13.
Angusquoy, j d. … terre quoyland but scat … & na garsum
1523 Acta Conc. MS. XXXIV. 12.
[Thay] sall broik thar takis … fre of all garsome
1546 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. I. 137.
In fif s. land of the Dowhyle, callit the garsum land
1564 Glasgow Prot. III. 48.
The landis callit the Garswm landis upone the eist
1583 Exch. R. XXI. 421.
The miln of Petconnochie, … garsum xvj s. iv d.
1653 Soc. Ant. XXIII. 309.
My Lord … lyes out of the garsoms, which wilbe a considderable soume
1687 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII. 144.
The said James Maxwell … having … payed 36 lbs. of gairsome

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