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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Heding, Heid(d)ing, vbl. n.1 Also: heyding, -yng, heading. [Late ME. hedding (1494), hefding (a 1300).] Beheading. Chiefly attrib., as with ax, hill, stede, stock, swerd. a1400 Leg. S. xix. 594.
Christofore … than haf thai lede, Furth on to the heding stade [sic]
1513 Doug. vi. xiv. 30.
With heding swerd … Befor hym born
Ib. 46.
Torquatus … with the heding axe
1521 Fife Sheriff Ct. 215.
The said Niniane to be haid to the heyding hill
1565 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 477.
For ane heiding sweird
Ib. 481.
For careing of the heding aix to the hill
1565 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 195.
His twa handit suord to be vsit for ane heiding sword
1584 Misc. Bann. C. I. 105.
He then presented himself to the heading-stocke
1596 Dalr. I. 216/29.
Fra this … Hengestie settis furth lawes vnder the pane of heiding
1600 4th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 512/2.
Ane heading ax
1641 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 260.
The hill besyd the castell hill, callit the heiding hill

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