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Girsum, -som(e, Gyrsome, n. Also: gyrsoum, girsowme. [Var. of Gersum, Grissum.] Grassum. 1476 Acta Aud. 56/1.
The soume of xvij li. of the malis, gyrsoumis, and proffitis of the landis
Ib. 57/1.
Ane hundreth merkis of gyrsome
1538 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 153.
Thai ordane … that thair be borrowit fra … [the] keparis of thair girsummes the sowme of xx merkis
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5708.
Ȝe lordis, … That ȝour pure tennantis dois oppres, Be gret gyrsome, and dowbyll maill
1554 Reg. Cupar A. II. 252.
The said Johnne to heff the tak, and to pay the girsowme, malis [etc.]
1591 Thanes of Cawdor 194.
The haill fermes, girsumis, customes, with the growthe of the maynis
1614 Lett. Eccles. Affairs I. 334.
The girsomes of the landis … will euerie yeir be worth fyue hunder fourte sex pundis
c1650 Spalding I. 251.
Consideration must be had whair girsumis are payit at the entrie
1655 Lamont Diary 118.
The Earle of Weyms … gave ane 100 lib. in girsom

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