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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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LINTEL, n. Also lintill, lentall. Sc. usages:

1. A mantel-piece. Gen.Sc.Sc. 1776 J. Anderson Chimneys 44:
The front-view of a modern fire-place, with the mantle (or lintel, as it is called in Scotland).

2. The threshold of a door (Sh., ne.Sc., Ags., wm.Sc., Dmf., Slk. 1961).Fif. 1894 J. W. M'Laren Tibbie and Tam 109:
I'll sune no' be able to put my fit ower the lintel.

3. Comb. lintel-ale, a drink given to masons at the building of a house when the door-lintel was put on.Sc. 1702 Foulis Acct. Bk. (S.H.S.) 307:
For lintill eall to the men when the door of the allarpark was put up … 3s. 0d.
Ags. 1702 R. Finlayson Arbroath Documents (1923) 18:
Lentall Aile to the measons and otherways with them at the work … £7. 16. 0.

[The word originates in Late Lat. limitale, from limes, a boundary, limit, confused with limen, which means lintel and also threshold. O.Sc. has lentell ayle, from 1615.]

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