1) The verb ‘to set’ could be to plant seeds or cuttings, and in some leases the tenants moving into a new property were held responsible for setting and planting a number of trees.
The instructions were occasionally detailed and explicit: 1564-5 to grafte or have upon the grounds specified … in some convenyennt place within foure of the first yeares of the terme of the said lease six appletrees, two pearetrees, one wardentree, one quyncetree, one walenuttree, four cherytrees, a plumbtree
and in the hedge or other convenyentt place … to sett and plant vj yonge trees of the oke, ashe or elme, and preserve all the same trees during the said terme
and if any dye, to sett and preserve so many other of the like and same kynde in their roome, Hemsworth
1737 To Mr Watts for 6 Trees to set in the Garden … For six baskets to set ‘em in, Whitley.
2) To encourage or incite a dog to attack another animal or a person.
1616 the spanyell ... which he had taught to sett for her, Brandsby
1767 The Reverend John Gray Curate of Swillington died suddenly ... as he was setting Partridges with a Dog in ... Black-well Close.
3) To accompany a departing guest on the first stage of their journey home.
4) Probably a shortened form of set work.
5) To lay or set stones, in bridges, highways, walls etc.
1579 able men ... to help in the setting of the jewells, casements, springers, Elland Bridge
1602 to help the said Thomas Wallimsley to sett the ground worke, Apperley Bridge
1665 Wee present Thomas Hartley for settinge stones to stop the high street in Hallefax
1719-20 Cowcroft and his servant seting the edge of the Causway, Brotherton
1735 ordered that the town streets of Rotherham be repaired, new set and paved with bolders and levelled. We have some information about the equipment used: 1399 stane hamers ... magnć setting chisiles, York
1508 approns and glovys for settyng to the masons, York. The verb could also be used when single stones were being placed, as at intervals against the side walls of narrow bridges: 1697 setting severall stones upon the said Bridge to keepe Waines and Cartes from Comeing to neare the Batlements, Horbury.