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Malt, n. Also: mault, mald, mal-; also Mat, Mawyte, Melt. [ME. malt, OE. malt, mealt.]

1. Malted grain esp. barley, malt.Also barlik, gersum, ground, grundin malt, see these words.(a) 1375 Barb. v. 398.
All the vittale … As quhet, flour, meill & malt
14.. Acts I. 337/2.
That thai mak baith evill and gude malt all togidder
1436 Ayr B. Ct. 26 Dec.
Tha na wis sal by malt til it cum to the cors
a1500 Henr. Twa Mys 105. 1497 Dunferm. B. Rec. I. 77. c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxiv. 56.
Ane browstar swoir the malt wes ill, Bath reid and reikit on the kill
1508 Treas. Acc. IV. iii.
For maskis of malt to the said hors
1519 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 187. 1525 Selkirk B. Ct. MS. 114 a.
Four bollis of auld malt sufficientlie preiffit
1532–3 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 60. c1540 Lynd. Kitteis Conf. 90. 1561–2 Inverness Rec. I. 75. 1590–1 Exch. R. XXII. 133. 1591 Thanes of Cawdor 202. 1595 Conv. Burghs I. 468.
That na burgessis … by … wittuall … to … sell … agane … without he convert … the beir in malt, the quheit in floure
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Serplath.
In Orknay … of meille and malt called coist ane last makis ane Scottish chalder
1600 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 274. 1607 Dundonald Par. Rec. 126. a1628 Carmichael Prov. No. 1352.
Soft fyre maks sweit malt
Ib. No. 1423. 1641 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 255. 1657 Hibbert P. No. 19.
They say that it [sc. bear] will not be malt for itts old & small
1660 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 295.proverb a1598 Ferg. Prov. (1641) 98.
The malt is above the beir [MS. the meall] (= he is drunk)
(b) 1507 Dunferm. Ann. 185.
Ane chalder of meil, with thre bollis of mault, to be payt at four tymes in the ȝher
1564–75 Hamilton & Campsie Test. I. 43 b.
In the kell of mault and beir ten bollis
1566 Dundee B. Laws 22.
That na man … dyicht his mault in the kirkȝeard
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 6.
Of mault xij gallons the bol
(c) 1521 Wigtown B. Ct. 115 b.
Ane fens maid … of Thom Finlason behalf on the crop … of Wille Broune quhill he war pait of v bollis of the ald mald

2. a. Attrib. in malt-barn, -cobil (-coble), -corne, -firlot, -flour, -girnel, -hous, -kill (-kiln), -kest (= -kist), -loft, -mercat, -poik, -p(o)undler, -schuill (-shool), -scop, -sek, -sellar, -settin(g, -stead, -steeding, -steip, and comb. in -buying, -making. Also Malt-court, -makar, -man, -milne, -silver.(1) 1519 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 189.
To big vpoun the saidis akeris duelling houssis, malt barne, kill and cowbill
1575 Edinb. Test. III. 284.
In his malt barne nyne bollis malt
1582 Perth B. Ct. 3 Apr. 1609 Inchaffray Chart. 171. 1627 Rep. Parishes 173.
In respect of the brewstedis, killis, maltbarnis bigit thairon
1650 Dunferm. Kirk S. 36. 1668 Milne-Home MSS. 194. 1611 Reg. Panmure I. xcv.
Thear wos ane greawe fownd withe ane bread stone on euery quarter thearof efter the forme of ane malt cobile
1663 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 204.
Alexr Charles, wright … being imployit … to mack and set vp ane malt coble in ane barne
1680 Banff Ann. I. 159. 1595 St. A. Kirk S. 808.
That nane … saw treis, dicht malt corne … in the kirk yaird
1694 Inchmahome Pr. 164.
Ane malt firlot, meall firlot, ane peck, ane lippie
1623 Orkney & Shetl. Test. I. 92.
In land meillis four meillis of malt flour
1567 Bamff Chart. 71.
Ane mekle mele girnell, … Ane malt girnell
1264 Exch. R. I. 10.
Quedam domus que vocatur malthus
1456 Ib. VI. 254.
Le malthouse de Faukland
1682 Spottiswoode Misc. I. 339.
The links [at Montrose] where are their malthouses and kills and granaries
1686 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds II. 362 (19 Apr.). 1687 Brechin Test. VII. 172 b (see Male n.1 2). 1565–6 Reg. Privy S. V. ii. 25/1.
Unacum domo nuncupato Malkilhous
1633 Edinb. Test. LVI. 91.
In thair malt kill malt loftes & sellares nyne chalderes of beir & malt
1666-74 Fraser Polichron. 249.
The Master, to improve Beully, … resolves to set up ins and maltkilns in it
1684 Edinb. B. Rec. XI. 109.
A most calamitous fyre … which began first in a malt kill
1658 Edinb. Test. LXIX. 189 b.
Lying in his malt kests [94] bollis malt
1599 Black Bk. Taymouth 333.
Off standis in the malt loft, i
1620 Edinb. Test. LI. 5 b.
In his malt loft aucht bollis malt
1644 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 27.
In the place quher the malt mercat stands
1681 Lauder Notices Affairs I. 285.
The debate betuixt the toune and shire of Aberdein anent ther malt merkat
1571–2 Canongate Ct. Bk. 354.
Ane sek ane malt poik ane firlott
1595 Orkney Rentals ii. 81.
6 meils oatmeal … , to be weighed on the malt pondlar
1614 Ib. 145. 1642 Ib. iv. 31. 1685 Fountainhall Decis. I. 384.
Upon the maltpundler of Kirkwall
1660 Rothesay B. Rec. 46.
Quhen William did gripe the maltschuill to have struckin Thomas
1666 Edinb. Test. LXXII. 110 b.
Fyfteine malt shoolles in a buinsh
1611 Ib. XLVI. 237.
Tua malt scopis price of baith v s.
1570 Canongate Ct. Bk. 189.
Ane towall to ij s., ane malt sek to iiij s.
1662 Crim. Trials III. 610.
He [the Devil] will lye als hewie wpon ws … lyk an malt-secke
1576 Reg. Privy C. II. 578.
To sell thair malt … in thair malt sellaris at hame
1598 Reg. Great S. 224/1.
Cellarium alias malt-siller
1609 Edinb. Test. XLVI. 21 b.
In the malt seller within the hous
1659 Orkney Rentals App. 121.
That the whole pundlars and bismars … be justit to the malt settin weight
1634 Reg. Great S. 46/1.
Cum lie maltsteadis, brewsteadis, et croftis
1692 Conv. Burghs IV. 640.
The best house … with malt steeding, brewhouse, … bairne yaird and croft
1617 Macleod P. MS. (Reg. H.) 1 June.
The maltsteip of the maltbarne
(2) 1551 (c 1650) Dundee B. Laws 14.
Expellit fra malt buying and wheat buying for ȝear … and day
1519 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 190.
In bigging of houssis, killis, barnis, cowbillis and continuall malt making
1549 St. A. Baxter Bks. 5. 1551 (c 1650) Dundee B. Laws 14.

b. Comb. with custume, ferme, scat. 1609–10 Ayr B. Acc. 242.
The … malt, nolt, and scheip custumes
1614 Ib. 55. 1675 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. MS. 6 Oct.
Settis the malt custome to William Meikel for six punds Scots
1621 Misc. Spald. C. V. 218.
The laird requeirit full payment of his meill and malt fermes
1502 Orkney Rentals i. 6.
Tankarnes … payis nather malt scat nor butter scat, we ken nocht quhy
Ib. 3, 4, 7, etc.

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