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Irland, Ireland, Yr(i)land, n. and adj. Also: -lande, Iyr(e)land. [ME. Irland and Ireland, OE. Írland, Íraland, ON. Írland.For references to early forms in personal names, as Robert de Irland. (1296), John de Yrelande (1336), see G. F. Black Surnames of Scotland s.v. Ireland.]

1. Ireland, the name of the country.(a) 1375 Barb. xiv. 298.
Thai of Irland war cummyrrit swa
a1400 Leg. S. xxvii. 35.
A king quhyle was in Irland
c1475 Wall. i. 123.
Quhen Iber Scot fyrst in till Irland come
c1500 Crying of Play 66.
In Irland quhen scho blewe behynd
1534 Treas. Acc. VI. 223.
To Hoge … to pas with writingis … in the Ilis of Irland
1623–4 Ayr B. Acc. 280.
Concerning the stouthis betwix Irland and Scotland
1691 Misc. Hist. Soc. I. 349.
Minister at Belfast in Irland
(b) c1420 Wynt. ii. 765.
Hybernia … That Yrland we ws to calle
1425 Acts II. 11/1.
The Kingis notour rebellouris ar reset in Erschry of Yrlande
1528 Lynd. Dreme 796.
Be west Ingland, Yriland doith stand
1549 Compl. 85 h.
Ane crafty dissait contrar Valis and Yrland
1596 Dalr. I. 229/20.
Quhen S. Columba … cam frome Yrland til Albione
(c) 1375 Barb. i. 100.
Till occupy … Walis … and als Ireland
1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 434.
Ane goune to Odoneill of Ireland
1540 Ib. vii. 339.
The men of gud of Ireland
15.. Lichtoun Dreme 28.
In Egipt, Ireland [etc.]
1570 Leslie 67.
[He] departit … in Ireland
(d) 1632 Sutherland Corr. 155.
I mak away to Iyrland

2. Attrib. or adj. Of, belonging to, or characteristic of, Ireland; Irish. See also Irland-man.Unlike the partly synonymous adj., Irisch, etc., this appar. refers only to Ireland proper and excludes the ‘Erse’ districts of Scotland.With the usage, which appears to be confined to Sc., cf. Heland n. 2.(1) c1450-2 Howlat 801.
Thir ar his Irland kingis of the Irischerye
c1475 Wall. vii. 847.
The Irland folk than maid thaim for the flicht, … Born Scottis men baid still in to the feild
1497 Treas. Acc. I. 333.
To vj Irland freris in almus
1500 Ib. II. 97.
Giffen to the Ireland leich
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxiii. 43.
Innopportoun askaris of Yrland kind
1511 Treas. Acc. IV. 180.
To tua Yrland freris studentis in Sanctandrois
1533 Ib. VI. 207.
To ane Irland clairsochtar
1572 Bann. Memor. 234.
Thair come to Dundie ane Irland bischope
1595–6 Colville Lett. 191.
Ane Irland preist, laitlie cum home by sea
?1549 Monro W. Isles 9.
The tomb of the Irland kingis … , thair wes four Irland kingis eirdit into the said tomb
1696 Penninghame Par. Rec. I. 2.
Mr. Thomas Cobham, an Irland minister
(2) 1532–3 Acta Conc. & Sess. MS. II. 91.
Fra the midstreme of the watter of Cree west to the Ireland see
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 93.
As thay passit be Ireland coist
1576–86 Ayr B. Acc. 152.
Anent the taxatioun of the … fyve west burrowis for the defence of the Irland custumes
?1549 Monro W. Isles 13.
In the Ireland seas
(3) c1475 Wall. vii. 342.
Great purwians be se to thaim was brocht, With Irland ayle
1506 Treas. Acc. III. 297.
For jc Irland burdis to the schip in Dunbertane
1586 Edinb. Test. XV. 262 b.
xvij dissone of Irland burdes at xl s. the dissone
1617–18 M. Works Acc. XIV. 12.
For sex Ireland buirdis to be pannelling to the windowes
c 1656 Irvine Mun. II. 260.
Seven dossen of Irland bords als brod as dealls
 — 1519 Reg. Episc. Aberd. II. 174.
Ane quhyt Irlande playd corsyt
1546 Acta Conc. & Sess. XXI. 55 b.
Ane Ireland mantill
1580 Edinb. Test. VIII. 274.
Fyve daker of Irland ky hydis, … foure daker Lawland ky hydis
1601 Reg. Privy C. VI. 280.
In the wardrobe … ane Ireland cada
1634 Edinb. Test. LVI. 367 b.
Thrie schage Irland coveringes
1575 Glasgow B. Rec. (M.C.) 36 (see Inthrow prep.).
Irland knyfe
 (4) 1489 Treas. Acc. I. 129.
Givin to a man for brydil siluer of ane Irlande hors

3. As the designation of heraldic officers.(1) 1473 Treas. Acc. I. 67.
Gevin to Irelande king of armis of Inglande
(2) 1496 Exch. R. X. 577.
Super Patricium Leich, nunc Irland signiferum nuncupatum. [Cf. Patricio Leich, Hibernico; 1488 Ib. 11]
1499 Ib. XI. 217.
Patricio Leich, nunc heraldo Irelande nuncupato
1501 Treas. Acc. II. 32.
To Irland pursewant for iiij Irland hors

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