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Hede-, Heid-pece, n. Also: heid-peice, -peace, head-pece. [e.m.E. head pece (1530).] a. = Hede n.1 8 b. b. ? A cloth covering for a horse's head. c. A piece of armour for the head; a helmet. d. Some piece of accessory equipment for a musket.a. 1561 Inv. Q. Mary 19.
Ane bed … furnissit with ruif, head pece and pandis
1578 Inv. Wardrobe 205.
Ane da of crammosie velvot … contening the rufe of the hede pece and thre double pandis
1600 Treas. Acc. MS. 69.
Taffatie to he courtingis, pandis, ruif and heidpece to the said bed
1653 Soc. Ant. XXIII. 300.
Ane hung hed … with rooff and head peece
1663 Kirkcudb. Minute Bk. 186.
The taster and inner valenes haveing ane orange fringe and heid peice
b. 1586 Treas. Acc. MS. 85.
Sex elnis of poldavie canves to be ane dayes scheit to the foir horse, heid pece & all
Ib. 111.
Thre vnce of … thred to sew on the calȝies vpoun ilk scheit and heid pece [for a horse]
c. 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 229.
Tua hundreth corslattis, tua hundryth heid peices
c1590 J. Stewart 60/130.
Gif plesit me ane heid piece to possess, I mycht … Bereft ȝour helms, and meed ȝour courage les
1598 Acts IV. 169/1.
That euerie erle be armit ... with corslet of pruif heid peaces [etc.]
d. 1598 Acts IV. 169/1.
Ane muscat with forcat, be[n]drole and heidpece
1599 Ib. 191/1.
Ane muscat, foirchet, handroll and heidpeice

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