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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).
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Sold, Soude, n. Also: sould, sowd(e. [ME (Manning) and e.m.E soud(e, sowd(e, sawd(e, sould (1429), solde (1544), OF sou(l)de, L. solidus.] Payment for services rendered; wages.(a) ?1438 Alex. i 1913.
Now, gentill Lordis, turne agane, And serue ȝour soldis of the king
c1520-c1535 Nisbet Luke iii 14.
Be ye contentit with your souldis
1599 Cal. Sc. P. XIII 517.
[With promise to be ready upon his] sold [when his service should require]
(b) 1456 Hay I 123/15.
Soude [pr. sonde]
fig. 1568 Cal. Sc. P. II 533.
The blude of our maistres hade payit the sould of hir graceis souldiouries

b. A sum (of money); an amount (of gold). c1475 Wall. ii 209.
Thow most o neide in presoune till endur Thi worthi kyn may nocht thé saiff for sold
1513 Doug. iii i 91.
A gret sold of gold fey Priamus Secretly … send this Polidorus … to Polynestor

c. specif. The remuneration received by a cottar from his master, the tenant farmer, whose land he worked, etc. 1561 Inverness Rec. I 64.
He beand his cottar and haueand his soude thairfor
1563 Inverness Rec. I 102.
Ane boll victuall … quhilk hes bene arreistit … be Johne Roy cottar for soude awand him
1565 Inverness Rec. I 124.
Jame Gollan and Jame Don his cottaris … that … broddit my best aittis and tuike the best thairof to thame selffis in thair sowd without licience of thair maister
1568 Inverness Rec. I 172.
ix s. harwist fie and vj firlottis sowde
1571 Inverness Rec. I 202.
That … he payt me nocht as he that was my cottar and tuike sowde yeirlie of me ane lambe as cottaris aucht and suld pay to thair maisteris
1579 Inverness Rec. I lxxxiv.
[The cottar having his] soude [therefor] aucht and suld haif kepit the said oxe, as the rest, fra thieff [etc.]

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