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Havin, Hevin, Heavin, n.1 Also: hafin, haffyn; hafn-; havine, havein(g, haivin, haevin; hawine, -yne, haven, hawen; hevyn, hewyn, -in; heavine, -yn(e, -en, heawin, -eine, -en; heiven; hane, hayne. [ME. haven(e, OE. hæfen, hæfne. The e and ea forms are exclusively Scottish.] A haven, harbour.(a) 1369 Reg. Great S. 71/2.
Quod … liberum portum apud le Bellehauen habeant
c1420 Wynt. vi. 1566.
In all the havenys off Ingland Thai arryvyd
Ib. viii. 1755.
Hame agayne fleand To thare awyne hawenys
1596 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 5.
The … haven and herberis of Abirdene
(b) 1375 Barb. xvii. 306.
All the havyn wes stoppit then
1393 Chart. Thomas Dunbar (Reg. H.).
Al vthir thingis that gais be schipe owte of wre hafinis
14.. Burgh Laws c. 18 (A).
Within haffyn of the Kingis
14.. Acts I. 307/2.
Ony … havyn wyth in the kynryk of Scotland
1456 Hay I. 211/5.
The schip is nocht lyke to cum to gude havin
1498 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 72.
Thair commoun streitt towart thair havin
1513 Doug. iii. v. 13.
To depart of that havyn I command
1555 Acts II. 498/1.
All commoun hie gaittis … to the portis and hauinnis
1596 Dalr. I. 22/29.
A myle … from Edinburghe is a fair haivin
Ib. 127/8.
Ouir haevinis and schipredes
?1549 Monro W. Isles 41.
The same havein is guyed for fostering of theives
(c) 14.. Burgh Laws c. 40 (B).
In ony hafnys
 (d) a1400 Leg. S. vii. 367.
Pilatis messyngere … In Galise … has hawyne tane
Ib. xxvi. 213.
In the hawine schipis gret Ware arywit
c1420 Wynt. iv. 1296.
All the land … [was] Wyth hawynnys gud in gret plenté
1458 Reg. Great S. 143/1.
Hulkis and forcastellis schippis that cumis in the hawin and in the raid
c1475 Wall. vii. 1067.
A hundreth schippys … in hawyn was lyand thar
1542 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 184.
Thai ordane the hawin to be chenȝit attour the watter
1588 Conv. Burghs I. 293.
For reparreling of thair hawin and dekyitt brig
(e) 1497 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 60.
Fra the southt hevin to the northt hevin
1512 Reg. Privy S. I. 367/2.
To lois and laid at the hevin of Dunde
1550 Reg. Privy C. I. 92.
In the ports, hevynnis, and townis of the Veir
1561 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 335.
Gif ony person passis to the rayd or hewyn
1598–9 Stirling B. Rec. II. 91.
The calsay that passis to the hewin of Sterling
1617 Conv. Burghs III. 47.
Ilk coper bote within hevin coping hering
c1650 Spalding I. 266.
That no schip sould go out of the hevin whill his cuming
(f) 1555 Inverness Sheriff Ct. 29 b.
The landis … , port & heawin thairoff
1573 Reg. Privy S. (MS.) XLII. 3 b.
The … heavin of Sanctandrois … is brocht sindrie
1592 Acts III. 579/2.
All commoun hie gaittis … to the portis and heavynnis
1613 Conv. Burghs II. 409.
The reparatione of thair heavin and harberie
1641 Acts V. 627/1.
The heaven, raid, and harbarie of the said brucht
(g) 1596 Dalr. I. 311/7.
Thay landet in a heiuen of Forthe
(h) 1517 Wigtown B. Ct. 73 a; 1531 Ib. 250 a.
Schippis ... cuming in the hayne of Wigtoun
1517 Ib. 77 a.
Fore the entres of the schyp ... in the hane

b. Attrib. with mouth, place, toun, wark; also Havin silver. 1425 Acts II. 12/1.
In ilk burghe or gret havin townys
1497 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 60.
That ane blockhouse sal be byggit … at the hevin moutht
1513 Doug. ii. iv. 6.
Ane havyn place with a lang hals or entre
1544 Ayr Common Good Acc. MS.
For vpbringing of the cuttrottis fra the hevin werk
1580 Reg. Great S. 90/2.
Cum portibus lie havine-placis omnium dict. terrarum et insularum
1593 Reg. Privy S. V. 63.
Fyve hundreth merkis … to the support of the heavin wark

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