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Penny-, Pennie-wedding, n. Also: -wad(d)ing. [Penny n. Only Sc.] = Penny-brydal(l. — 1672 Foulis Acc. Bk. 2, etc.
To William Brounes mans pennie wedding £2/18/00
Ib. 6.
To Sir Mark Cass his servants pennie wedding £2/18/00
1677 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 305.
That no higher raits shall be at penny weddings … then twentie four shilling Scots for the men and eighteine shilling Scots for the women
Ib. 306.
The hous taverne or in where the saids penny waddings shall happin to be holdin
1680 Stirling B. Rec. II. 30.
The great abuse comitted at penny weddings by extorteing exorbitant pryces for their laweings
1686 Edinb. B. Rec. XI. 179.
Pennie wadings
1687 Lauder Notices Affairs II. 828. 1694 Falkirk Par. Rec. II. 44.
Abuses that are … committed at penny weddings by pypers playing to persones when they are going to the church to be married
1702 Dalmeny Kirk S. in Sc. Geneal. III. 15.
That much immorality was occasioned by penny weddings

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