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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Land-man, n. [Land n.1 9 b; cf. e.m.E. (1480– ) land(e)man a landsman.] A man from the country as opposed to the burgh. 14.. Acts I. 324/2.
And gif copy of ackornys hapnis to be in the Kingis forest the forster aw to somonde alswel burges as land men that thai bryng thar swyn thar
1487 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 53.
It is devyst … that ilk day be fre mercat day to all our souerane lordis lieges landmen that cumis to this burgh with victuallis
1497 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 60.
That euere burges sal inbring certaine landmen, out duellaris, and not inhabitantis of this toune … to remane within the tone als lang as neidis
1543 Ib. 191.
The toune is hauely murmurit be the landmen, that the vittell byaris of the merkat scattis thame grytlie

b. A landsman. 1568 Crail B. Ct. 13 Sept.
To lay fyfty pound of taxist to the peir for the part of the land men and the se men to lay thair selfis for vthir fyfty pound

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