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Pundlar, -ler, Pondlar, Punlar, -ler, n.1 Also: pundlair. [Sc. var. of Pundar n.1, with unexplained change of suffix. Also Poindlar.] a. A cattle-pounder. = Pundar n.1 a. b. A poinder. = Pundar n.1 c. c. Attrib. with -silver: cf. Pundlan(e n. d. In place-names.a., b. (a) 1533 Aberd. B. Rec. I 149.
Georg Annan pvndler of thar kirk yard and … the pundlene of euery best to be four d.
1538 Exch. R. XVII 152.
Et uni custodienti messes de Baiky vocato lie pundlar
15.. Lichtoun Dreme 58 (B).
I hard ane pundler [M. pvnder] blaw ane elrich horne
Ib. 65.
This pundler [M. pvnder] ran fast, faynand for to find Thir quhailis thre vpoun his gers to pind
Ib. 74.
This pundlar [M. pvnder]
1560 Stirling B. Rec. I 72.
Archibald Smytht … and Johne Hill, pundlaris, quhay sall haif the gudis pundit to thair proffit for thair travell
1565 Lennox Mun. 436. 1600 Reg. Privy C. VI 152. 1601 Elgin Rec. II 93.
Alexander Annand gaif in a bill vpon Alexander Adam … who dang his pundlar and tuik away his peis
1607 Inverurie B. Ct. 30 May.
Pundlairis for this ȝeir quhill the huik gang in corne
1621 Misc. Spald. C. V 222.
Jon Cambell is creat pundlar for keiping of the new wards and ȝoung woods in Leyis and … sall poynd for ewere man, womane, hors or nolt that is apprehendit within the said dyks
1623 Urie Baron Ct. 51. 1633 Buccleuch Mun. II 273. 1644 Broxmouth & Pincarton Baron Ct. 2 Oct.
Anent the complaint gevin in be Thomas Burke pundler agains James Dasone that quhair he poyndit the said James Dasone his guidis for faultis [etc.]
1656 Stitchill Baron Ct. 8.
The quhilk day James Hall is elected pundler or bourlaw officer
1667 Melrose Reg. Rec. II 188.
Under pretext that they ware pastureing upon the ground of the lands and corne of Lassudden, quherof [ed. -op] he is pundler [etc.]
(b) 1609 Inverurie B. Ct. 14 April.
And incaice the saidis pondlaris be trublit … in executione of thair pundlarie
(c) 1575 Elgin Rec. I 150.
James Cowe wes feit punlar for keiping of the cornis of this brucht
c1700 Pennecuik Poems 363.
The trusty punler of the Newland pease
c. 1584 Reg. Great S. 236/1.
Cum potestate … namandi et pundlar silver secundum ratam damni accipiendi
d. 1574 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II 433.
1595 Banff Chart. 141.
Northe wast to the Pundlairs graiff

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