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Plewman, n. Also: plewe-, pleu-, plow(e-. [North. ME. plew-man (c 1440), ME. and e.m.E. plouman (1271), plow(e-, var. of plough-man Pleuchman n.] A ploughman; a farm-labourer; also, a rustic, generally.Also attrib.More common than Pleuchman n.(a) 1456 Hay I. 239/12.
Labouraris of the erde as plewmen harow men wyne men and all labouraris and delvaris of the erde
1457 Exch. R. VI. 358.
Duobus servitoribus aratrorum qui dicuntur plewman
1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 246/2.
Johne Sym plewman
1513 Doug. x. xiii. 109. 1550 Prot. Bk. Sir Wm. Corbet 12.
Dischargit … the hyen that thair was plewman
1561 Dysart Rec. 16.
[The] plewemen of Balwearie
1577 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 65. 1591 Edinb. Test. XXIV. 227.
Quintene McQuhneȝie plewman
1605 Dundonald Par. Rec. 70.
1616 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II. 186.
xxxij s. for meit and drink gevin to his plewman
1638 Henderson Serm. 276.
The plewmen of this pleugh they are Satan and the evil angels; they hold the pleugh and are gademen to it and they yoke in the oxen into the pleugh and drives them up with their gades
1639 Baillie I. 212.
Our sojours were … most of them stout young plewmen
(b) 1548 Knox III. 477.
The labourer or plowman
1652 Lamont Diary 46.
Robert Seaton one of the plowe-men of Lundy
attrib. 1680 Cloud of Witnesses 38.
Poor plewmen-lads

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