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Kay, n. [e.m.E. and ME. Cf. Key n.1] A key. — 1558 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 294.
For ane new kay makeing to ane hengand lok to the Quenis graic chalmer dur
1603 Reg. Privy C. VI. 565.
The said James ... obtenit laufull possessioun of the said duelling place ... and hes the kayis of the same
1619 St. A. Baxter Bks. 82.
Keipar of the kayis of the box, … Honiman; kepar of the key of the vritis kist, … Duncansoun
1633 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II. 383.
For thrie new kayes with ane new kay for the platfurme l s.
1669 J. Meikle Old Session Bk. (1918) 15.
Amongst many other ceremonies … be cawsed the bible with the kayes of the churche door be presented to him

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