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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mos-maill(e, n. [Mos n. 6 b; Male n.1 Also in the later dial.] Rent paid for the right of cutting peats, turf etc. in a moss (Mos n. 4). — 1505 Prestwick B. Rec. 38.
John Vndirwode of the mos maill xx s. x d. … Hvchovne Wallace for his myll mall ij s.
1576 Reg. Great S. 703/1.
Terras de Sewaltoun … valentes annuatim 10 bollas ordei [etc.] … necnon firmam suam lie mosmaill de Sewaltoun
1649 Caldwell Fam. P. 132; Ib. 131.
Bigert moss maill 1649 given doun to 12/0/0.
1670 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 82 (28 June).
Libertie for casting of peits and turffis this yeire till the perambulatioune be endit they payand therfoir mos maille be the sicht of the principall stewart

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