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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Girst, Gyrst, n. [Usual Sc. var. of Grist n., not found in English.] Grinding of corn; corn to be ground. — 1446 Reg. Episc. Brechin I. 107.
The said land … of law … aw to pay to the girst of the said myl the twenteat cwrne
1531 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 255.
It sall be lefull … till cast vp his quheit and grynd his gyrst without stop or impedyment
1556 Ib. 239.
The act maid … anent the baxteris and thair vsing of the grynding of thair girstes at the commoun mylnis
1576 Ib. IV. 48.
All burgessis … sould … pay thair gyrst, and multer to the fermariris
1623 Reg. Great S. 154/2.
Lie Nathertoun mylnede Balmerinoche cum … astrictis multuris etlie girst
1659 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 221.
Ane whole yeirs girst extending to sextein bolis oattis

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