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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).
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Quarter-land, n. [Cf. e.m.E. quarter-land (1645) the fourth of a treen or balla in the Isle of Man.] A denomination of land equivalent to the quarter of a principal unit of land-measurement, such as the davach or the ploughgate; in the West Highlands, presumably rendering the Gaelic ceathramh or quarter (sc. appar. of the ‘tirung’ or ‘ounceland’).Also pl. in sing. sense. 1563 Prot. Bk. D. Gray 21.
All the cornis growand vpone the quarter landis
1567 Liber Calchou II 518.
Ane cot land and ane quarter land
1583 Exch. R. XXI 565.
The said quarter land lay lie in the said yeir fourscoir
1585 Charter in Liber Scon 225.
All and haill that quarter landis of Durdy Inglis alias Nether Durdy
Ib. 230.
The quarter landis of Shirreftoun
1599 Fam. Rose 288.
The quarter landis of the hiltoun of Tarradell
1600 Crim. Trials II 104.
Ane false chartour … of … twa oxgait of land callit the quarter-land of Nig
1609 Retours I Inq. Spec. Fife (201).
Quarta parte solaris terrarum et villæ de Tyrie vulgo vocata Sonie Quarterlandis of Tyrie
1611 Scrymgeour Invent. 30.
His pairt of the customes and colt silver and of the quarter landis of Catermaleyne
1685 Paterson Sc. Arithm. (1685) 6.
Town land, [=] 4 quarter land, [=] 6 horsgang
1692 Bk. Islay 419.
The lands of Glassens … extending to ane quarterland, being thirtie three shilling four pennie land of old extent

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