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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).
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Pound, Pownd, v. [Late ME and e.m.E. pown (c 1450), pounde (1530) to impound, f. pound Pound n.2 Cf. Pund v. (also Pind v. and Poind v.).] tr. (and absol.) To levy distraint (from), to distrain, in various applications of Poind v. 2.(1) 1524 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 74.
The balyeis [are] to pownd the faultouris, the powndis to be kepit to the nix cowrt daye efter follouand to be maid present
1532 Mill Mediæv. Plays 250.
The sys ordanis a officiar to pound Robyn Turnor for xxij s. vj d. for thre playe cottis
1536 Treas. Acc. VI 307.
To pound diueris shereffis for the restis of thair chakker comptis
1538 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 198.
Resavit … for the said taxt and efter scho had lying curst fowrty dayis and poundit therfor
1565 Peebles B. Rec. I 300.
[They] commandit thair officeris to pass throuch the tovne and pound and streinye all and sindre quha was auhting annuallis to Sir James Dauidsoun
1610 Inverurie B. Ct. 4 Dec.
And to be poundeit preceislie for the samyn
1667 Cramond Ch. Fordyce 47 (see Pund n.2 1).(2) 1402 Alnwick Castle Deed.
Myn possessyownnis … al or sum to be tackyn powndt away
1455 Lennox Mun. 72 (see Away-had p.p.). 1532 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 129.
And nocht to pound Jhone Doun geir
(3) 1630 Linlithgow B. Rec. 20 Aug.
Johne Mitchell, deacone, … to caus delyvir the poundis poundit fra the said Johne for the said wnlaw
(4) 1530–1 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 111.
That Alane persewe the prynsabyll maister that poundit the ground
1550–1 Elgin Rec. I 107.
Thair officiar to pound the lands and crofts perteining to Jhone Robertsoun
(5) 1539–40 Treas. Acc. VII 282.
To pound for the teind penny of Scone
1542 Mill Mediæv. Plays 147.

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