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Spice-hous(e, Spyce-hous(e, n. Also: spys- and speyce-howss, spaice-howis. [e.m.E. spyce-house (1489); Spice n. and Hous n.] (A part of) a building used for storing spices.Also as a personal name or nickname.(1) 1499 Halyb. 245.
The ward of the spysshous
1524 Reg. Privy S. I 498/1.
Ane lettre maid to Thomas Hammiltoun makand him ȝeman in the kingis spicehous
1526 Treas. Acc. V 310.
Patrik Creichtoun maister of the spice hous
1530 Reg. Privy S. II 87/1.
Spice hous
1532 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 103.
For ane new lok to the spyce hous
1538 Treas. Acc. VII 126.
Cliddisdale grume in the spice hous
1538–9 Treas. Acc. VII 131.
Alexander Durhame servand in the quenys grace spice hous
1583 Treas. Acc. MS 130.
The keipare of the spicehous
1588 Exch. R. XXI 368 (see Spice n. l d). 1611 Reg. Privy C. IX 112.
[Complaint by Jonet Whyte relict of Andro Whyte] ayd in his majesteis spyce house
(b) 1598 Stirling Ant. III 308.
The spaice howis … viij wnce gingir … viij wnce pepir
(c) 1622 Misc. Bann. C. II 244.
Speyce howss
attrib. 1513 Treas. Acc. IV 524.
For ane lok to the spycehous dure
1513 Treas. Acc. IV 529.
For mending of the spycehous lok
1530 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 30.(2) 1507 Treas. Acc. IV 15.
For ane hors to the king bocht at William Spicehous, vij li.
1522–3 Treas. Acc. V 197.
To Williame Spyshous, ȝeman of the kingis chalmer
1526 Treas. Acc. V 310.
William Drummond alias Spyshous

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