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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mos-lef(e, Moiss-leiff, Moss-leive, n. [Also in the later dial. (1709).] Permission to cut peat, turf etc. in a moss (Mos n. 4). — c 1590 Red Bk. Grandtully II. 135.
Quharfor I mun desyr ȝou eifectusle to grant tham mos lef
1625 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. II. 284.
[Excepting the privilege of] fewall and moss leive furth of the mosses of Duncanstoune
1628 Retours II. No. 69 (Wigton).
Cum libertate glebarum, viz. moissleiff in mos de Archrocher

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