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First published 2000 (DOST Vol. VIII).
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(Schore-maister,) Shore-maister, n. Also: s(c)hoir-, shoar- and -master. [S(c)hor(e n.2 2 and Maister n.] An official appointed to administer a landing place, jetty or harbour; a harbour-master. 1619 Dundee Shipping L. 302.
Androw Painter schoir maister
1626 Brechin Test. IV 226.
To William Kynnereis shoir maister for schoir siluer vj lib.
1653 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II 946.
Appoyntis Johne Carsane tailȝeour Johne Martine and Thomas Robisone boatmen to be shoremasteris for ane ȝeire
1656 Ib. 1027.
The office of shoremaister is to tak notice of the ballace that is to be putt out of any ship
1670 Edinb. B. Rec. X 87.
Incase of resistment denyell or conceilment of the saids goods the said shoir master is to [etc.]
1671 Inverness Rec. II 248.
That day the counsell appoynts the deane of gild, the thesaurer, & shoarmaster to sett good & substantious stoupes about the dock
1682 Musselburgh 49.
1687 Edinb. Test. Index II 214.
Andro Johnstoun, shoremaster in Leith
1718 Glasgow B. Rec. IV 16, 17.
John Lyon, skiper … to be shoar master … Rules for the accomodation of vessells … to be observed … by the shoremaster

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