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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Ourlay, -ley, v. P.p. -laid. [Sc. var. of Overlay v.] tr. a. To oppress. = Overlay v. 2 b. b. To paint; cf. Lay v.1 43 b.a. 1573 Sempill Sat. P. xxxix. 301.
To puneis lounes that hes ourlaid this land By murthour, treasoun
1615 Stirling B. Rec. I. 137.
Thair is sindrie unlauchfull persones … that … ourleyis the burgh with thair wyffis and barnes
1615 Misc. Maitl. C. II. 171.
That na outland nor inland beggeris … sall repair throw the contrey nor ourlay the samen begging steilling [etc.]
b. 1616 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 377.
For taking doune the ald croce and building the new, … Item to ourlay the tymber [£1/10/0]

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