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Infeild, Infeld, n. Also: innefield, infeyld. [In adv.] The field or land lying nearest to the farm or homestead. Freq. coupled with Outfeild. Also attrib. with land, aitis (oats), fodder, corne.(1) 1548 Red Bk. Menteith II. 334.
Yardis, toftis, … infeildis, outfeildis
1556 Prot. Bk. T. Dalrymple 46.
He sall hef twa oxin grys in the infeild and twa aickeris of reid land
1592 Rec. Earld. Orkney 167.
The haill rendallit land, als weill infeild as outfield, outbrekkis girse as utheris
1641 Glasg. Univ. Mun. I. 282.
Off infeild nynscore fyftein [acres] and of outside called the Mure above sax score aikers
1669 Salmon Borrowstounness 88.
That no persoun … pastour upon other's ground with their bestiall, aither outfeild or infeild
(2) 1473 Reg. Cupar A. I. 174.
Payand ȝerly fyve thrafe of fresche ait fothyr of infeldland
1542 Ib. II. 203.
Ane akyr be est the place of infeyld land, and ane vther akyr of owtfeild land
1569 Prot. Bk. D. Gray 51.
Thre aikiris of infeld land lyand in est syd of the … thuortour gaittis of Korstoun
1608 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 63.
The infeild land of ane aiker of land
1620 Wemyss of Bogie MSS.
The teynd sheaves that grew upoun the arabill and innefield landis of Newton
1672 Bamff Chart. 324.
Tuo aikers of infeild land
(3) 1570 Edinb. Test. 40.
Fyve scoir ten thrauis of infeild aittis
1594 Brechin Test. I. 119.
Off eattis fourtie tua bollis … with the fodder outfeild and infeild ourheid
1594 Edinb. Test. XXVI. 339.
In the barne & barneȝaird … of infeild aittis lx bollis, … xx bollis outfeild aittis
1598 Brechin Test. I. 172 b.
Standand in the borne ȝeard ane littill hand ruk of infeild eattis
(4) 1606 Acts IV. 286/1.
The croft infeild corne [to be teinded] at ane tyme, the beir at ane vther tyme, and the outfeild corne at the thrid tyme

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