1) A herdsman, usually a shepherd.

It was a frequent by-name, especially in the Dales: 1308-9 Thome le hirde, Bolton Priory

1379 Willelmus Hyrd, Buckden. As a vocabulary item it sometimes had a defining prefix: 1518 ‘the somer hyrde of the flock’, Braisty Woods.

spellings hird
dates 1308-1309 1379 1518

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