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Halding, Haulding, vbl. n. Also: haldin, -yn(e, hadding, hadin, hading. [Northern ME. haldyng, midl. and s. holdyng, -unge (c 1225), f. Hald v. See also Buth-haldar n.]

l. The action of the verb, in various senses.(1) 1375 Barb. vi. 197.
To ask halding of this assent
1456 Hay II. 50/34.
That knychtis … has a grete charge of justice halding
c1475 Wall. viii. 1640.
Thow werray help in haldyn off the rycht
1484 Acta Aud. *141/2.
The accioun … for the wrangwis halding waist of his landis
1491 Acta Conc. 168/2.
For the honorable sustentacioune and haldin of his house
1519 Buccleuch Mun. II. 135.
The haldin or fedin of hundis
1555 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 286.
The … vsing and halding of ane cobill vpoun the said watter
1581 Acts III. 225.
The halding of horsis at hard meit all the somer season
1675 Forbes Baron Ct. 299.
No laborer … sall recett nor … giue anie hadin to ani … idle persons
(2) 1554–5 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 161.
For ane greit bauk … for halding of schippis
1600-1610 Melvill 304.
Scrolles, wryttes, … in the haldin of anie breither
1636 Edinb. Test. LVII. 255 b.
Twa boyes for halding of horsis
(3) 1488 Lanark B. Rec. 3.
The wrangwis haldin fra him of vij s.
1491 Dunferm. B. Rec. 28.
The borch … for wrangwis haldyn fra him his custum of the abbay
1526 Carnwath Barony Ct. 45.
The vrangus … haldin fra thaim of iij fuderis of hay
(4) 1490 Acta Conc. 164/1.
The wrangwis … halding him out of tenne pundis worthe lande
1527 Reg. Privy S. I. 558/2.
Ane respett … for halding furth of James erle of Arane at the Nethirbow
1542 Reg. Cupar A. II. 185.
With halding vp sufficientlie the wattir of the dame
1554 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 195.
Ane clows … for halding in of the watter
1598 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 168.
Tending … to the … haulding vp and fostering of darth of victuall
1644 Ib. IV. 12.
The taxtars … gave thair solemne aithes be haulding vp of thair hands
(5) a1628 Carmichael Prov. No. 778.
Hard hading to fleis cwarts

2. The holding of land by feudal tenure; the land so held or the title-deeds. 1375 Barb. xix. 66.
To the king That he held of all his halding
?1438 Alex. i. 590.
Our lord the king, That we hald of all our halding
c 1525 Aberd. Episc. Reg. I. 390.
The said Androw Elphinstoun hes been lauchfullie … summond … to schaw his haldyng
1592–3 Misc. Spald. C. V. 116.
To Ihone Browne, messinger, quhen he brocht the charge to produce the townis halding
1622-6 Bisset I. 300/34.
To schaw his halding, his charter, and evidentis

3. The holding of courts, markets, etc. 1415 Reg. Episc. Brechin. I. 37.
At Perth, the tyme of our chekar haldin
1420 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 181.
In the halding of the said ayeris
1471 Acta Aud. 22/1.
The … distroiblans of … Symon in the halding of his court
1477 Edinb. Chart. 140.
In the setting and halding of the saide markettis
1529 Wemyss Corr. (MS.).
To pas with ws to the haldin of our iustice aris
1555–6 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 175.
For ane discheione … at the halding of ane curt
1595 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 112.
For haulding of justice, courtis vpon … distroyeris of smoltis
1622-6 Bisset I. 67/1.
The forme, and maner of fenssing or halding of courtis

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