1) An adjective commonly used of cattle, possibly meaning striped. If this is the correct interpretation it may be connected with ‘gard’ as a verb.
1541 a garded qwhie calf, Harrogate
1545 one garded stott, Collingham
1562 a whie of two yeres whit garded, Fairburn
1590 a garded twyntye whye, Rowden
1600 one garded cowe, Knaresborough.