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Rede lede, Re(i)d le(i)d, n. Also: read, redde and laid, lead; Rid lead. [Late ME redled (c1450), rede lede, e.m.E. red-lead, Lede n.1] A red oxide of lead used as a pigment or paint, red lead. 1494 Edinb. Hammermen 7.
For vle & red leid to cullour the rod of irne & the candill beraris
1497 Halyb. 117. 1501 Treas. Acc. II 25.
xx pund of rede lede to lay Mons Messingeir and Talbart with
1504 Ib. 277.
For ane stane of rede lede to it [supra the gret portculis], xxxij s. Item, for thre choppinnis of oly lingeat to it, vj s.
1507 Ib. IV 90.
Caddes, verneis, rede lede
1513 Ib. 509.
For reid leid and oily linget for the coloring of the three greit irne gunnys
1534–5 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 128.
For the paynttyne of ane lyon [etc.] … In the first with red led and syne with wermione
1554–5 Edinb. Old Acc. I 140.
To lay the haill knok and half-hour all ouer with reid leid to keip thame fra rousting
1566-70 Buch. Comm. on Virgil Eclogues x 27.
Minio …, reid leid
1587 Dundee B. Laws 143.
For laying ower the windowes with read lead
1617 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 77.
Reid laid
1579, 1617 Despauter (1617).
Minium, redde lead

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