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Lardener, -ar, Lardin-, Lardner, -ar, Lairdner, -ar, n. Also: lardyner, -ar; lardnare, -air; lairner. [North. ME. lardiner (Cursor M.) a larder, ME. lardyner (c 1400), -ener and e.m.E. lardiner, a larderer, AF. lardiner (14th c.) larderer, med.L. larden-, lardinarius larderer, late (1380) lardenarium, -inaria larder: cf. Larder n. Cf. also Ladinar. Sense 1 below is confined to north. ME. and, chiefly, Sc.]

1. A larder or store-room for meat and other provisions, a meat-cellar. Also in phr. to mak lardnar, to store meat (= med. L. facere lardarium).(a) 1373 Reg. Great S. (1814) 103/1.]
[Qui fuerunt quondam Michaelis de Lardener patris … Michaelic de Lardner
1375 Barb. v. 410.
Tharfore the men of that cuntre, For sic thingis thar mellit were Callit it the Douglas lardenere [E. lardner]
14.. Acts I. 33/2.
Fleschewaris … sal serve the burges … fra the fest of Sayncte Martyne quhil Yhule of the flesche in thar lardyner to be graythit and dycht
1527 Treas. Acc. V. 325.
iij dosane of rachteris to the reparation of kichyne and lardyner
(b) 14.. Acts I. 346/2.
For the fee of the maister of the lardner v li.
c1450-2 Howlat 217.
[The rural dean,] Quhill the lardner was laid held he na hous
1482 Fam. Rose 149.
Fyffty gud martis … til oure lardner in Striueling
1512 Treas. Acc. IV. 462.
vij salt martis ressavit fra Jame of the lardner
Ib. 523.
To red the uvir lardner and setting of burdis in it to be ane chalmer iiij s.
1537–8 M. Works Acc. (ed.) 226.
For … new keyis to … the … Quenis grace lardner
1538 Treas. Acc. VII. 125.
David Blantyre, ȝeman in the gret lardner
c 1563 Reg. Panmure I. cxlv.
Ane wolt callit the lardner
c 1600 T. Pont in Paterson Ayr & Wigt. III. 50.
A vaulte called Vallace lardner
1644 Irving Dumbartonsh. I. App. 104.
In the auld lardner, tua auld doors
1681 Colvil Whig's Suppl. ii. 8.
His budget … was … His lardner and his bibliotheck
(c) 1503 Treas. Acc. II. 312.
Johne Flemyng of the lardynar
(d) 14.. Acts I. 333/2.
[Fleshers,] at thai mak lardnar [L. quod faciunt lardarium] in gret and it out tavernis in smallis
Ib. 335/2.
Quhen thai opyn fische thai luke nocht quheder thai be mesale fische or wane, that is the cause quhy na fischar suld mak lardnare
1506 Treas. Acc. III. 360.
Robert of the lardnair
1530 Reg. Privy S. II. 67/1.
Ȝeman of the lardnar
(e) 1519 Reg. Episc. Aberd. II. 177.
The lairdnar. Item, vij fattis for fles twyme
1532 M. Works Acc. (ed.) 105.
[A large chest] to the petty lairdner
1537–8 Ib. 222.
For … clengand … the conduitis within the place throch the lairdneris to the closattis
1538–9 Ib. MS. VI. 25 b.
Irne werk … to tua lychtis in the pittit lairdner
1542 Treas. Acc. VIII. 151.
David Blantyre in the lairdner, Robert Murray in the petty lairdner
1562 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 648/2.
Ouer kitching … Nedder kitching … Lairdnar … The Cape house [etc.]
1663 Inv. Lord J. Gordon's Furniture (OED.).
In the lairner, ane mat and ane pair of blankets

b. fig. To mak ane lardnare of, to make into butchermeat. ?1438 Alex. ii. 4520.
Of handis and heidis, baith braune and blude, He maid ane lardnare [F. faisoit sa venoison]

2. The officer in charge of a larder. Also master, maister lard(e)nar. 1296 Rot. Scot. 29/1.]
[Michael le Lardiner vic. de Edenburgh
1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 43.
To William Donaldsonis wif, lardnare to the Quene
Ib. 529.
In the master lardenaris handis
1535 Reg. Privy S. II. 260/1.
Dauid Wod, maister lardnar to the Kingis grace

3. Attrib. (in sense 1) with -dur, -man (= sense 2), and in Lardenare-mart. 1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 523.
To the chapell and lairdner durris for nalis to thaim, viij d.
1661 Lamont Diary 139.
That new window aboue the lardner doore
1525 Acta Conc. Public Aff. 227.
The making of officiaris sic as baxtar, browstar, fleschar, lardnarman, cattour
1539–41 M. Works Acc. (ed.) 290.
For intromissioun of certane howsis be the sellar and lardnair men … x lib.

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