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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).
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Quarter-caik, -kake, -kaik(e, n. [Quarter B 1; Cake n., Kake n.] A quarter of a round loaf of bread, used as a standard size of bread in Paisley and Kirkcudbright; ? = a ‘farl’ (cf. Farl n. and Fardell n.2 2). —1598 Paisley B. Rec. 221.
That na osler within the fredome of the … burghe sell ony aill derar nor xijd the pynt, the quarter kaik sex pennies
1607 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II 12.
And x s. for four pyntes aill and a quarter caik
1626 Ib. 335. 1634 Ib. 494.
And the baikeris of breid to make ther breid ilk quarter caik fourtein vnce weicht sufficient vnder the penaltie of fourtie shillingis
1670 Ib. MS 4 Oct.
Quarter kaike
1671 Ib. 11 Oct.
Quarter kake

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