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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Kilbern, -barn, n. Also: kile-bern, kill-barn. [Kill n. 3.] A barn attached to or containing a kiln. 1552 Prot. Bk. J. Robeson MS. 13 b.
[To renounce] hir … liferent of the bakland, baith kile bern, stepe stane and all uthir housis
1590 Prot. Bk. T. Lindsay MS. 232.
His killcroft … exceptand alwayes the kyll, kilbern and steipstanes
c1650 Spalding I. 61.
[Thay] schot hir self with hir barnes to duell in the kilbarne
1686 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XII. 404.
Robert Harvie, … in whose kilbarne the conventicle was
1666-74 Fraser Polichron. 341.
[He] dyed of a malignant fever, lying in a killbarn, haveing no other lodging left him
Ib. 493.
His sone and servants being in a kill barn, tuisting roapes of straw

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