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Haly blud(e, n. Also: Hali-, Halie, Halé, Haley, Hally, Hallie, Haillé- and bluid, bluyd, blwid, bloud, blowd. [Haly a. 1 (2).]

1. The blood of Christ or of a saint. 1486 Bk. Carlaverock II. 447.
The said Cuthbert … sall ger thre of the persons … to pas … ane to Rome, ane to Sanct James, and to the haly bluid of Welsuake

b. The Festival of Corpus Christi. 1440 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 395.
In quodam ludo de ly Haliblude ludendo apud ly Wyndmylhill

2. The blood of Christ, adopted as the patron of the merchant guilds of pre-Reformation Scottish burghs. 1495-6 Perth Guildry 155 (21 Jan.).
Ane freman that culloris our as merchand til ony onfreman ... sal pay on forgevin to the haly blud xxtj s.
1505 Treas. Acc. III. 39.
For ij elne satin crammesy to the Kingis hude quhen he wes maid brodir to the Haly Blude
1518 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 182.
The forsaidis merchandis … to mak the Haly Blud to be thair patrone, and to haif the Octauis of Corpus Christi to be thair procuratioun dais
1549–50 Stirling B. Rec. I. 58.
[The council] ordanis that quhat merchand avans ony mony to any fleschour sall pay … v li. to the Haly Bluid
1575 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 38.
Adam Fullertoun … producit … the townys writingis following, … vizt … the priuelege of the confrerie of the Hally blud

3. a. Attrib., chiefly in prec. application, with altar, akyr, bedrall, bred, chaplanrie, ile, lycht, silver. 1467 Mun. Univ. Glasg. I. 21.
[An] annuel of the foir place at the Vynheid that lyis to the Halyblud alter
1490 Lanark B. Rec. 8.
Sir William Doby, yunger, chaplane to the Haly Bluid altar
1519 Dunferm. B. Rec. 296.
The landis quhilk he has of the Haly Blud altar
1560 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 97.
The haill westimentis and jowallis pertening to the Haly Blude alter
1568 Peebles B. Rec. 73.
The … chaplanrie of the Rude and Haly Blude altare
1575 Mun. Univ. Glasg. I. 93. — 1532-3 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. 87.
Tuecheyng ane akyr of land callit the Hale Bluyd akyr
- 1518 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 177.
The seruandis of the gild and the haly bluid bedrall
1505 Treas. Acc. III. 67.
To the Kingis offerand on the Halyblude bred
1520 Old Dundee II. 26.
John Cowper is amerciate for the refusing to pass with the Haly Blude bred
1630 Glasgow Chart. II. 333.
Capellaniam Sancti Sanguinis, vulgo the Halie bluid chaplanrie
1553–4 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 347.
For ane panell of glas to the Halyblude ile
Ib. 365. 1576 Misc. Spald. C. II. 43.
The northt yell of oure parrise kyrk, callit the Hailleblwid yill
1582 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 122.
Ane loik to the toure in the hallie blowd ille
1505 Treas. Acc. III. 59.
[On Corpus Christi day], to the Kingis offerand on the bred to the Halyblude lycht
1526 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. 358.
To pay ij li. wax to the haly bluid lycht
1538 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 155.
The said Besse … to gang … vith ane vax candill in hir hand … , to be offerit to the haly blud lycht
1515 Dundee B. Laws 94.
The whilk deane of gild sail hawe power of collectorship of the halie bluid siluer
1523 Old Dundee II. 26.
To ger give again to Andro Henderson his gear that wes tane be the collector of the Haly Blude silver
1680 Dundee B. Laws 140.]
[Ane mortificatione made be the merchands and gild brethern … comonlie called the holie blood silver, efter the Reformatione called the Gild silver

b. Haly blude mes, a mass in honour of the holy blood. 1491 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. 255.
Ilkane chaplane writin to the haly blude mes in Lentryne
1502 Treas. Acc. II. 77; etc.
To the Kingis offerand in Linlithqw, at the Halyblude mes
1549 Reg. Episc. Aberd. II. 196.
Ane greit monstrance of syluer … for the haly blud mes daly vsit

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