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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).
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Portag(e daill, n. Also: -aig(e; and deall, dell, dill and Portisch daill. [Dale n.3 a deal or plank. The first element is appar. orig. Portag(en. 3 c: cf. also Portage burde and Portagy stalff.] A (large or strong) deal or plank. 1583 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 183.
[12] braid lang portaige daillis … iiij li.
1589 Dundee Shipping L. 228.
Four dussone of portag dellis
1595 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 583.
xij portage daillis to be the heidis of the bonkaris
1607–8 Misc. Spald. C. V 137.
To the milleris of the justice mylnes, for tuelff great portage deallis, at ten s. the peice
1617 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 29.
For four hundrith portage dailles at lxx lib.
1624 Brechin Test. IV 163. 1628 Ib. 309 b.
Fyue portage daillis pryce iij lib.
1646 Aberd. Council Lett. III 41. 1652–3 Aberd. Shore Wk. Acc. 359.
Portaig dills

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