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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Instede, -steid, -sted, phr. comb. [The phr. in stede (of), written as one word; e.m.E. insteed (1595), ME. in sted (a 1300), etc.: see Stede n.] Instead (of). — c1420 Wynt. i. 409.
That schype … Grownd it tuk instede [v.rr. in stede, steid] off hawyn
15.. Clar. iv. 1314.
This … hat … Insteid of it upon hir heid scho set
1646 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 70.
Insted of stryving to mak peace

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