1) The hair of horses, deer and other animals had a wide variety of uses.
1394-5 Item pro iiij et dim. petris de derhar iijs vijd, Whitby
1563 j haire teder xijd, Knayton. The following are all from one set of accounts: 1615 a hayre tether and 2 longe broad headed helters xviijd
1615 I payd for 15 bushells of haire for lyme vjs
1618 a quantity of drye sadle or deare hayre for wadding his peese, Brandsby.
2) A coarse open fabric made of hair from animals, used particularly in kilns for drying malt and for straining or sieving.
1394-5 Item pro xxviij ulnis de hayr et cariac. ejusdem viijs viijd, Whitby
1485 hayr pro ustrina xxx ulnć xs, Ripon
1521 a steippe fatte, a kylne, a hare, Thirsk
1567 In the kylne howse: Item one hayre clothe, 3s 4d, Fixby
1581 1 heare clothe, 2 wynno clothes, Anston
1666 In the Kill 1 paire of new haires wit fouer yards of new haire, Brayton.