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Herbry, -brie, -bré, n. [Reduced var. of Herbery n. Cf. Harbry.]

1. = Herbery n. 1. a1400 Leg. S. xvi. 314.
Thu … na thocht hase Of powre thu seis dyssolate Of howse & herbry
Ib. xxvii. 1316.
The bischope … purwayt for thaim gud herbry
c1420 Wynt. i. 213.
Tentys … Quhar hyrdys mycht in herbry be, Nycht and day, to kepe thare fe
Ib. vi. 1624.
The mylnere Hym thare resaywyd … Till mete, and drynke, and till herbry
c1475 Wall. v. 1078.
My selff will pass … off herbre for to speyr
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ ii.
Haill, Riall King, … Haill, gide to gude herbry
1513 Doug. i. xi. 74.
By wys men is said To gestis thou grantis the herbry glaid
a1540 Freiris Berw. 82.
The gudwyfe thay prayit … To grant thame herbrye that ane nicht
1573 Reg. Privy C. II. 260.
That nane … ressett … ony of the saidis thevis, or gif thame meit, drink, hous or herbry
c1590 J. Stewart 181/2.
Ȝour … furreour … , Quho for your herbrie maid so meikill beir

2. = Herbery n. 2. 1375 Barb. iv. 516.
Syne with the kyng to his herbry Thai wend
a1400 Leg. S. vii. 762.
He mycht nothire syt no ly, Sa strate to hyme wes that herbry
Ib. xxv. 10.
The trawalouris … , Quhene thai come til thar herbry
c1420 Wynt. vi. 153.
For he wald wysyte bodyly All thaire [sc. widows' and orphans'] herbrys … And relewe thame
1456 Hay I. 134/21.
And the chaplayn war fer fra ony herbry
a1508 Kynd Kittock 14.
Sa scho had hap to be horsit to hir herbry Att ane ailhouse neir hevin
1513 Doug. iii. iii. 36.
A fructuus grond … , Thar beyn our propir setis and our herbry
Ib. viii. 86.
The Gregionys herbry [L. domos] and fronteris suspek We left behind
Ib. vii. v. 21.
[The Trojans] Inforcis thar herbry and strenth to beld
attrib. 1513 Doug. iii. i. 31.
Ane ancyant and ane tendir herbry place To Troianys

b. An encampment. 1375 Barb. xvii. 298.
[He] till gret lordis, ilkane syndri, Ordanit ane felde for thar herbry
c1420 Wynt. iv. 460.
All thaire fyrys thai gert baulde As thai wald styll thaire herbry haulde

3. = Herbery n. 3. 1590 Reg. Privy C. IV. 511.
[To report on the] hevin and herbrie [of Irvine]
1597 Misc. Spald. C. V. 64.
For the stealling of a ship of Danskin furth of the herbrie of Brunteland
1628 Soc. Ant. XXVIII. 443.
I wes baitin back again be storme to the said herbrie
1636 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 99.
The danger that may ensew … be strangeris repairing to the port and herbrie of this burghe
1653 Edinb. Test. LXVII. 13.
Quhilk schipe was … lost at Brunteilland herbrie
1662 Brechin Test. VI. 223 b.
Ane vesselle … lying in Camphere herbrie

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