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S(c)ho-maker, n. Also: s(c)hoe-, shou-, show-; sheo-; s(c)hew(e)-, shoo(e)- and -makir, -macker. [ME and e.m.E. shomakere (1381), shounemaker (1519); S(c)ho n. and Makar n.] A shoemaker.In pl., also = shoemakers as an organised craft.Also attrib. and possess.(1) 1581-1623 James VI Poems I 68/38.
The counsale quhilk Apelles gaue to the shoomaker
1662 Old Ross-shire II 51.
Ordainit that each schewmaker sall sell everie man schew for ten shillings and each woman for half merk
1663 Ib. I 83.
If any shewmaker sall sell barkit hydes furth of the paroch to markatts or faires [etc.]
1663 Moncreiffs 132.
Seven pound to my shoemaker and landres
1675 Cunningham Diary 63.
Drink money to a shoo-maker
1682 Old Ross-shire I 144.
The shewmaker … to make a pair shewis … [of] gray laeder
(2) pl. 1628 Kirkwall Sheriff Ct. Act Bk. 13.
That nae maner of persone … sall transport any barkit or tannit ledder or talloune furth of the countre vnto the tyme it be offered to the shew makers
1639 Acts V 618/1.
That nather the schoemakeris marikinmakeris nor dresseris of the saidis buck and gaitt skynnes can have quhairwith to work
1657 St. A. Baxter Bks. 125.
The saidis baxteris thair mortcloathis, shall … be in comone amongis the hamermen [etc.], … schoe makeris, and flescharis
1663 Old Ross-shire I 82.
Anent the shewmakers … for ther exorbitant pryces for schewes
1666 Ib. II 82.
1667 St. A. Baxter Bks. 133.
Dawid Low, decan of the schoemakeris
1674 Cunningham Diary 48.
My compts with merchands, tailors, shoomakers and apothrs, £195 5 s. 10 d.
1692 Conv. Burghs IV 662.(3) 1591 Misc. New Spald. C. I 82.
Dick, William (shoemaker)
1646 Misc. Bann. C. II 266.
1672 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct.) 23.
Schoe macker
(b) 1653 Dumfries Kirk S. 10 Nov.
Jon Scot showmaker
1671 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I 389.
1683 Peebles B. Rec. II 108.
William Grahams and James Mylner, shoumakers in Peebles
(c) 1661 Elgin Rec. II 298.
1680 (1705) Conv. Burghs IV 375.
James, Walter and William Grays, shomakers
(d) 1669 Edinb. Test. LXXIII 359.
1696 Conv. Burghs IV 215.
(e) 1671 Inverness Rec. II 247.
(f) 1675 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Reg. H.) 13 May.
James Pott in Lochfitt shewmaker
(4) attrib. 1668 Edinb. Test. LXXIII 243.
Certane lether and maid shoemakir work
1681 Blackness Customs 26b.
Fyftie pund shoe maker collour valu elevein pound
(5) possess. 1676 Edinb. B. Rec. X 282.
Ane hous conventicle in the shewmakers land besyd the Potterraw Port
1694 Foulis Acc. Bk. 166.
The shoemakers land in west port

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