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Jug, n. Also: jugg(e, juge, juig(ge; joug; jog; joyge. [e.m.E. (1538) jug, iugge (= sense 2), of uncertain origin.]

1. A vessel kept as a standard measure of the (Scottish) pint; esp. the principal of these, the jug of Stirling.On the Stirling jug (earlier known as the ‘pint’ or ‘pint stope’ of Stirling), see also Cochran-Patrick Mediæv. Scotland 162–3 and J. Paton Sc. Nat. Memor. (1890) 241–2 and 248.(a) 1587 Conv. Burghs I. 237.
The stane wechtt to be conforme to the stane wechtt of Laneark, the pynt stoup according to the jug of Striveling
1597 Stirling Chart. 223.
The counsale hes ordanit Robert Alexschunder [etc] … to mett the firlettis with the jug … and to report the sufficiency of the mesour
1618 Acts IV. 586/1.
[The commissioners] fand that the same [firlot of Linlithgow] conteined twentie ane pincts and ane mutchkin of just Sterline jug and measure and that the foresaid jug containes … thrie punds and seaven unces … of clear running water of the Water of Leith
1618 Conv. Burghs III. 71.
Johne Scherare, commissioner for the burgh of Stirling, keipar of the juge
The pryce of the said jug to be ressauit fra the said burgh … to … tuentie four punds
1619 Inventory Edinb. City Charters MS. 1st Sept.
[Certificate of delivery of the wet measure] jugg & stoup [by Linlithgow to Edinburgh]
1624 Huntar Weights & Measures 4.
The Scottish pinte or standerd jug of Sterling
1651–2 Peebles B. Rec. II. 194.
Materialles belonging to the toune … the elne wand and jugg
1655 Conv. Burghs III. 403.
The nixt adjacent burghis to wisit each wtheris measuris of … graine and salt with the jugge and pais of bread and sie if they be conforme to the rule
1692 Ib. IV. 615. 1667 Irvine Mun. II. 95.
That ilk brugh have … the jadge or jug from the brugh of Stirling
1685 Edinb. B. Rec. XI. 158.
Report … jug measure. The Dean of gild reported that he had tried the touns jugs consisting of two pynt jugs and ane chopen and he fand that on of the pynt jugs and the chopen holds just
1696 Stitchill Baron Ct. 120.
The haill weivers [unlawed] in keiping of insufficient weights and measures not tryed with the standard jugg of the heid brugh of the shire
1707 Stirling B. Rec. II. 113.
The jug of the Scots pynt to be looked out this day and sent to Edinburgh … for vindicating the tounes right to the keeping of the liquid measures
(b) 1576 (c 1650) Dundee B. Laws 119.
That the watter mett, the joug, the wechtes, elvands and uthers mettis and measures … be put in the Deane of Gilds handes in keeping
1613 (c 1650) Ib. 151.
That all stowpes that sall be tryed and fund … disagrieable with the joug, sall be broken and confiscat
(c) 1609 Inverness Rec. II. 72.
[The measures to be] accordinge to the juig

b. Attrib. with met and measure.(1) 1570 (c 1650) Dundee B. Laws III.
The measures, wechtis and mettis, viz … ane brassen pint jog mett
1577 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. 42.
That nane … hald … ony wyne or aill mesour except it that will be als guid as the jugmet of Edinburgh
1578-9 Perth Guildry 389 (5 Feb.).
The hail mesouris ... tobe conforme to the joyge mett ordanit be the counsell
1581 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 83.
The baillies [etc.] … aggreit to … vse the mesour of stoipis according to the jug mett as is in wther townis
Ib. 85.
Dauid Ramsay, potter, is maid free man and burges … for making of the jug met of bras, pynt and chopin, vpoune his awin expenssis
1655 Conv. Burghs III. 402.
The measur of the drink to be conforme to the jugge mett of Stirling
(2) 1596 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 149.
That na tavernar [etc.] … sell na wyne bott with the joug messour
1684 Symson Descr. Galloway 99.
They disagree about the measure of the pint; the town alledging that it should be jugg measure, and some of the countrey alledging, that it should be only pluck measure

2. An ordinary jug, a drinking or liquid-containing vessel of the jug variety. 1597 St. A. Kirk S. 837.
That … na baxter nor tavernour hald furth juigis of wyne, aill nor bread on the Sabboth
1616 Orkney & Zetl. Sheriff Ct. 72 b.
She … set ane iog full of watter in the said Nicollis way

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