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Rins, Rens(e, Rinsch, adj. Also: ryns, rynce; rynch(e; rence; rainse, rainsche; rance; ronce. [MLG rînsch, MDu. rijnsch, rijns (mod. Du. rijnsch), med. L. type Rhenensis Rinis adj.] Rhenish.

1. Applied to the Dutch or German gulden.Cf. MDu. rijnsch gulden, MLG rinsche gulden.(a) 1456 Acts II 46/1.
The Rens gulding
1491 Acta Aud. 154/2.
The somme of five Rens guldennis or for ilkane of thaim xix s. vsuale money of Scotland
(b) 1459–60 Aberd. B. Rec. MS V i p. 392 (3 March).
For the wrangwis haldyn of ix Rynche gudlynis & a half
1497 Halyb. 152.
In Ryns goldinis and other gold

2. Applied to wine: Produced in the Rhine region. Also attrib. and comb.(a) 1468 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 23.
Rynche wyne
1482 (c1580) Ib. 46.
1488 Acta Conc. I 97/2.
For a qw of Rinsch wyne xxxiiij li.
1496 Halyb. 123.
2 stekis of Ryns vyn
1501 Treas. Acc. II 44.
For … Ryns wyne … and for rubbouris to the samyn and carying of it
1504–5 Ib. 475.
For ij rubbouris to put the Rins wyne in
1553 Dundee B. Ct. II fol. 230b (5 June).
Ane pece of Rynce wyne
(b) 1540–1 Treas. Acc. VII 430.
Rens wyne
1546 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. II 125.
The Rens wyne xxti d. the pynt
1598 Household Bks. Jas. VI and Anne 31 Oct.
For cairyage off Rence wyne fra Leith to Dalkeith
1603 Philotus 207.
At nicht vse Rense wyne
(c) 15.. Aberd. B. Rec. MS (Jam., s.v. Rance adj.).
Ane greit peis of Rance wyne
(d) 1598 Household Bks. Jas. VI and Anne 23 June.
Ronce wyne
(e) 1651 Pittenweem Ann. 70.
With canary, seck, Rainsche wyne, tent, whytt and claret wynes
attrib. or comb. 1653 Edinb. Test. LXVII 9b.
Fyve large Rainse wyne glasis

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