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Pundar, Ponder, n.2 [ON pundari a steelyard, f. pund Pund n.1 I: cf. the appar. sim. formed late ME punder, pounder, pondre, recorded only c1425–c1440, the English ‘auncel’, appar. because it had a knob of a pound weight as a counterpoise.] In Orkney: A pundlar. = Pundlar n.2. — 1564–5 Rec. Earld. Orkney 275 (see Mele n.2 2).
On the auld pundar for weycht in Holme
1592 Reg. Great S. 706/2.
Lie beir ponder
1607 S. Ronaldshay 5.
Comptand tua meillis of bear uppoun the common bear ponder aroycht for ane meill of malt, conforme to the use of the countreycht
1687 Fountainhall Decis. I 448.
The Lords … appointed the price at which they shall compt for the Orkney meal … on the malt-pundar of Kirkwall to be L. 50 Scots

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