A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
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Ladisman, n. Also: ladys-, leds-. [North. ME. ladisman (a 1400–50), midl. and south. lodesman (13th c.), a guide, pilot, steersman, altered f. ladman, lodman, OE. ládmann. Cf. Ledisman and Lodisman.] A steersman; a pilot. — c1420 Bute MS. fol. 172.
Of a ladisman. A yhong man is ladysman of a schyp and is hyryt to bryng it to the recept 1513 Doug. v. xiv. 11 (R).
Before the laif, as ledsman [B. lodisman] and lard … Went Palinure
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