1)  A term for a soft leather boot which reached the calf or knee, but used also of a shorter laced boot or even leather hose.

1502 unum par ocrarium vocat’ buskens, Ledsham

1535 two paire of hoise, a paire of new buskines, a ledder coite, Bradford

1568 twoe payre of olde velvet buskyns, Healaugh Park. It was occasionally applied to upper body clothing: 1572 To William Smithe of Shellay a busseskynne jerkyn, Dalton

1596 ‘Every cordiner or jerkin maker who shall shapp, cutt or make any jerkins, boots, shoes buskinges … not being a brother, shall pay yearly 3s 4d’, Beverley. It may have been considered by some to be a spelling of ‘buckskin’: in 1575, for example, William Stubb of Birstwith bequeathed a buckskinne doublet to his son.

dates 1502 1535 1568 1572 1575 1596

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