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Red(e)-fisch(e, Reid-fis(c)h(e, n. Also: reed-, read- and -fesch; Rid-fis(c)h(e. [Red(e adj. Only Sc. Cf. Quhit(e)-fis(c)h(e n.] a. ‘The male salmon at spawning-time when it assumes a reddish colour’ (SND, s.v. Reid adj. 1 (26) (i)). b. Salmon, generally. c. attrib. with slaer.a., b. 1457 Acts II 51/2.
Anentis rede fische it is ordanyt that quha sa beis conuickit of slauchter of rede fische in tyme forbodyn [etc.]
1466 Peebles B. Rec. I 155.
Thai … that brak red fesch to sell, the schyn [etc.]
1488 Reg. Paisley 85.
Salmonum dictorum le redfisch
1489 Acts II 221/2.
Millaris that settis crelis and nettis in dammys & ladis of watteris distroyand red fische
1503 Ib. 242/2 (see Kipper n.). 1569 Grant Chart. 137.
Reid fische
1581 Stirling Chart. 104. 1585 Reg. Privy C. III 739.
[They] sall desist and ceis … fra slaying of ony reid and blak fische
1592 Breadalbane Ct. Bk. 36.
1594 Ib. 59.
For lennyng of his currok … to slay the reid fische
1597 Acts (1597) ii 169.
Read fish
1601 Reg. Privy C. VI 313.
The slaying of smoltis, reid fisch, and uther salmond fisches in fresh watteris
1602 Argyll Acc. 28 Dec. 1611 Yester Wr. 300.
All and whole that salmon fishing and tugnet alsweill of reidfischis and scail [ed. stail] fische as of other fisches within the flowing of the sey
1665 Alyth Par. Ch. 97.
For taking of reed fish in the burn of Alight
1696 Retours I Inq. Spec. Elgin et Forres (178).
Salmonis piscatione de tugnet, tam lie reidfish quam skailfish infra fluxum maris

c. attrib. 14.. Acts I 342/1.
All reid fische slaeris in forbodin tyme

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