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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Plew-, Pleu-, Plwland, n. [ME. and e.m.E. plou-lond (1297), plow-: cf. Pleuchland n.] A unit of land measurement. = Pleuchland n. Also, as a place-name element. — c 1379 MacRae Early Sc. Texts No. 1.
I graunt … at … Alayne … be fre of vmage soyte & al seruyse of the twa plewland of Nortoun
1434 Exch. R. IV. 574.
Pro quodam pecia terre … le half plwland wlgariter nuncupata
1621 Retours Inq. Spec. Dumfries (105) .
1376 Reg. Great S. 210/2.
Carucatam terre que vocatur Redeplowlande
1549 Reg. Episc. Morav. 398.

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