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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Od(d)isman, Ods-, Oddseman, n. [Altered form of Odman, influenced by Od(d)isn. pl.: cf. also Overisman. Also in the later dial.] = Odman n. 1571–2 Canongate Ct. Bk. 355.
And David Vaus odisman and owrisman commonlie chosin be athir pairtie foirsaid
1576 Argyll Fam. Lett. 15.
That … my Lordis Lyndesay and Boyd … be oddismen and owremen
1581 Acts III. 230/1. 1605 Edinb. Test. XL. 101 b.
He nominatis James Edmonstoun … & Mr. Malcolme Henrysoun … oddismen and ourismen
1645 Acts VI. i. 453/2.
If … the oddseman choosune be them shall not decerne, then the committy of estates to have power to decerne [etc.]
1663 Stitchill Baron Ct. 28.
1675 Moncreiffs 302.
He resolves to pitche upon youe as to odsman to determine therin
1684 Kirkcaldy B. Rec. MS. 3–14 Mar.

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