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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Parcage, n. [A term found (as parcage, parka(d)ge) only in certain Anglo-Scottish documents regulating border disputes and in Sc. documents citing these: OF. parcage (1423 in Littré) f. parc a pound or enclosure.] The act of enclosing stray cattle or sheep; the fine payable to obtain their release. — 1453 Foedera XI. 337.
[That all the claymers … of the saide landes shal … entercomen in the same … without pynding parcage or other distourbing
1553 in Armstrong Hist. Liddesdale 42.
Then shall it be lawful to the owner … to cause the said cattel or sheep to be taken and impounded … And … to begin the parkadge of every noult a penny sterling … and so to extend until the sum amount to [etc.]
1563 Ib. 43.] 1576 Reg. Privy C. II. 523.
In ane treatie … maid at Berwik … it wes aggreit that [etc.] … and … by iterating of the offence to doubill the pane of the parcage or poindage

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