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Sellar, n.1 Also: -are, -air, -er, seldar, sallar, scellair. [ME sullere (c1200), sillere (Wyclif), sellour (1444), e.m.E. seller (1540); Sel(l v.] One who sells, a seller.(1) c1420 Wynt. v 854.
Yhit sellarys may than byarys ware
14.. Burgh Laws c. 19 (A).
Giff ony burges be chalangit of ony vplandis man of ony maner of thifft fundyn in his hous in his sesing & the burges sais that thing he bocht lellily in the kingis merket of the burgh he sal acquyt him with the athis of xii mene that he wat nocht quhar the dur of that sellar opynis [B. qwhar his dure opnys, Acts I 25/2 quhare the dure opynnis na stekis of hym fra quham he bocht that ilke forsayde thyng]
14.. Burgh Laws c. 28 (B).
Of entre of a man that byis land in burgh & oute passing of the sellar
c1420 Bute MS fol. 170b.
1549 Banff Ann. I 25.
It salbe lesum to the wanter to pas … with ane officier and requyr the seldars to sell them
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i 120.
The house perteining to the analier, or seller
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i 51b.
1649 Glasgow B. Rec. II 176.
That the meill mercat … continow als long efternoone as the sellars pleissis
(2) 1492 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 62.
Ilk persoun sellares of aill
1635 Aberd. Council Lett. II 39.
The partie seller shall have the metting of the plaiding
(3) 1505 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 106.
Of the daylie cummers and selleris of fische
1508 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 114.
1546 Stirling B. Rec. I 45.
Alexander Alschinder scellair of ane bakin hen
1567 Edinb. B. Rec. III 240.
Vnderstanding the hale ipoticaris of this burgh to be the principale ventaris and sellaris of spices
1572 St. A. Kirk S. 365.
Brekaris of flesche and sellaris of the sam upon the Sunday
1585 Inverness Rec. I 303.
The sowme of monye quhilk he hes debursit to the sellaris of the said schip
1587 Acts III 465/2.
Sic mediat personis as takis vpoun thame to be sellaris of the guidis of thevis
1595 Glasgow B. Rec. I 173.
All and sindry toppeares and sellares of corne, meill, malt, salt [etc.]
1608 Inverurie 192.
And in speciall for the sellers of roch ledder
1610 Reg. Privy C. IX 591.
Althoght the sellair of the goodis be the actuall steillair of the same
1656 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 165.
That ther be no baiker and sellar of ait kaiks within this burgh
1692 Conv. Burghs IV 610.
There are some sallars of aile that vent brandie
(4) 1497 Aberd. B. Rec. I 65.
That al elding sellaris bring thair elding dailie … to the mercat
1511 Treas. Acc. IV 309.
To ane frutt sellar … for gewin plowmez to the king
1512 Treas. Acc. IV 338.
Gilbert Cameroun hors-sellar
1624 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. II 279.
Apill sellar [in Abd.]
1636 Rec. Old Aberd. I 348.
1636 Rec. Old Aberd. I 349.
1636 Rec. Old Aberd. I 350.
1636 Rec. Old Aberd. I 351.
1705 Misc. Maitl. C. II 252.
As well as by his practising the paper sellers, so that … they neither would sell the Gazettes, nor [etc.]

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