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Reddy mon(e)y, Redy mon(e)y. Also: reddie, ; redi(e, readie and monee; Raddy mony. [Late ME and e.m.E. redy monay (c1420), f. Reddy adj. and Money n.] Coin or cash, as being immediately available for use; immediate payment in coin.(1) 1511 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III 106.
To sell your vittall … one the hasteast wyis and for reddy monee
1526 Edinb. B. Rec. I 228.
Tocum vpone the saidis mercat dais … and sell thare breid for reddy money
1533 Gau 17/5.
Thay that sellis ony thing … that thay ma thairfor haiff mair na it wesz worth for redy mony
1555 Corr. M. Lorraine 398.
Gif I hed gottin reddy money for my gudis and schipe
1584 Edinb. Test. XIII 151b.
Ane greit flanderis balhewe lokkit with tua lockkis quhairin thair is of reddie money the soum of sex hundreth merkis
1598 Acts IV 166/2.
For furnesing of his maiestie … in jowellis, … reddy mony, and vther necessaris
1606 Misc. Bann. C. II 225.
In poiss, certane spaces of gold and reddy money
1621 Brechin Test. IV 19b.
The said … Katheringe … haid in hir kist of redde money in pos xlj lib.
1631 Edinb. Test. LV 63b.
Of reddie money in ane littell pynt pig xxij lib.
1645 Ib. LXI 214b.
Lying besyd the defunct of reddy money ij merkis
(2) 1458 Aberd. B. Rec. MS V ii p. 802 (5 May).
The quhilkis sal lay doune ilke man his part … in redi monee
1494–5 Treas. Acc. I 255.
The expens of the justice and lordis … pait be the thesaurare in redy money
1495 Halyb. 65.
Lent Georgh of Touris … in redy mony … 61 li. 2 s. 2 gis.
1566 Prot. Bk. James Foulis MS 97.
Payit … in reddy money and sufficient pennyworthis to ws
1669 Rothesay B. Rec. 178.
Readie money
1698 Aberd. Journal N. & Q. VI 93.
I got only in redie money, aloueing my chamber meall £73 1 s. 4 d.

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