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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Land-lyar, -lyer, n. [Land n.1 1.] In Orkney: A small boat for going ashore from a larger vessel. — 1594 Orkney & Sh. Rec. I. 218.
Ilk greit ling boitt with thair land lyar, quhilk is twa boitis joint in ane, sall pay [etc.]
Land lyer
1633 Orkney Witch-trial in Misc. Abbotsf. C. 161.
All the doggers at the sch[ore] … [? and the] landlyeris

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