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Pund, Punde, Pond, n.2 Also: pwnd. [Chiefly representing a form pŭnd, in the mod. dial. as pund, pun, derived, like Eng. pound and Pound n.2 f. OE *pund enclosure, pound.? Possibly also in some examples var. spelling of Pind n., Poind n., see note to Pund v.]

1. Something distrained; a distress. = Poind n. 1.(a) 1386 Rot. Sc. II 86/1.
That nane pundys sal be tane of nouther syde for na manere of det ne trespasse
14.. Acts I 27/2.
Gif the uplandis man … will nocht borow his punde and it dee for hungyr [etc.]
Ib. 108/2.
That nane … tak pund in ony othir mennys land … for dett … forouttyn the kyngis bailȝe … And that the pund sal be mesurabill eftir the quantite of the dett grantyt
Ib. 9/2, 31/2, etc. 14.. Reg. Maj. c. 159.
He that tuk the pundis sal gif ane vnlaw for his forfalt to the lord of that man he tuk the gud fra
1498 Lanark B. Rec. 10.
John Fischar, serjand, to tak a pund of the said Andro and lat it to borch, and sommond him
1501 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 118.
And causis his pvndis to be tane for hir annuell
1522 Acta Conc. MS XXXIII 8.
The saidis Philbert [etc.] … has causit the ballies … to poynd the tenementis of hir said coniunctfe … and has put thair pundis in the handis of Iohne Adamsoun
1535 Edinb. Hammermen 139b.
Gevin to Sande Porves for taiking of pwndis the tyme we ȝeid about, xij d.
1571 Lanark B. Rec. 56.
Anentis the takin and brekin of David Blakeis duris and takin and pressing of his pundis be Thomas Gray, ballie, and his offeceres
The said David … gaf his wyf command to geif na pund
1667 Cramond Ch. Fordyce 47.
John Hiltoun not paying tymously, is pounded in eight elne of harne. He assigns his pund to the session, who make two sackcloathes of it
(b) 14.. Burgh Laws c. 48 (B).
Thar is iiii impedymentis of pondis takyng
1493–4 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 47.
At the ground wes woid and towme and na pondis to uplift

b. An animal or animals seized as plunder or by theft. = Poind n. 2, Pound n.2 1 b. c1420 Wynt. ix 48.
Upon the Marchis … Thai begoutht to prike, and ta Catale and pwndis [v.rr. poyndis]

2. An enclosure for animals.‘specif. in Sh. an enclosure on a piece of common ground in which the community's sheep are gathered for marking lambs [etc.]’ SND, s.v. Pund n.2 1.It seems just possible that the Edinb. quot. is rather for e.m.E. pond, ME ponde (a1300) a pond. 1602 Shetland Sheriff Ct. (ed.) 30.
Nicole … hes done wrang in bigging ane pund upoun the boundis of Houlland … without leife of Malcum Sinclair
1660 Edinb. B. Rec. IX 195.
[That there should be] a pond casten at the fute of the horse gate
a1733 Shetl. Old Country Acts in Soc. Ant. XXVI 197.
And that none scare, hound, or brack up their neighbour's punds and buills
Ib. 201.
That every scatald have a sufficient pund, under the pain of ten pounds Scots

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