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Layit, Layed, ppl. a.1 Also: layet, lait(t, leyit(t; lai(e)d, layd. [f. Lay v.2: cf. Allayit.] Alloyed (coinage, also metal). Espec. layit money.(a) 1508–9 Reg. Privy S. I. 280/1.
Complete reknyng … of all … forging of gold, silver and uther bulȝeon and layit money
1524 Acts XII. 40/2.
That na layit monye of vther cuntreis bot fyne silver have passage in this contree
1538 Acta Conc. Public Aff. 472.
That thair be strikin ane lait penny of thre penny fine
1546 Ib. III. 303/2.
Extitit pro … fabricatione monete layit money, liegios domine regine cum eisdem decipiens
1559 Knox I. 403.
Sche dois sua corrupt the layit [v.rr. laid, laied] money, and hes brocht it in sick basenes, and sic quantatie of scruiff
1560 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 116.
Thar was tynt be the Ingliche layit money … in uptakine of the malis … iiij li. x s.
1573 Reg. Privy C. II. 318.
Crymes of tressoun … namelie … furnesing of silver layit mettell or utheris to the furthsetting of the adulterat … cunye in the castell of Edinburgh
1593–4 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 107.
Offeris … for redacting of the haill sylver and leyit cungyie … to ane fyne sylver, except the penneis, twa penneis and laitt plaks
1605 Cochran-Patrick Coinage II. 318.
The assaye box of the lait gold of vj lb. and 3 lib. peices
Ib. 319. 1677 Irvine Deeds MS. (13th Nov.).
Sufficient current money without any coppir or uther baice or layit coyn thairintill
(b) 1607 Reg. Great S. 724/2.
Proviso quod … heredes ejus … summam 12000 merc. monete Scotie (lie layd-money excepta) … persolverent
1633 Cochran-Patrick Coinage II. 86.
It is statut that no layed money sould be coyned … and this intendit kynd of coyne being layed money, thairfore it aucht not to be coyned
1652 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I. 12.
Layed money
1665 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. II. 11.
A smith … gave him some layed shillinges … which the petitioner never did … vent as good money
1686 Irvine Deeds MS. (6th June).
All base and layed coyn & uther brasse & copper money being heirby expressly secluded

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