1) A dog taught to ‘set’ hunted birds or animals, used by huntsmen and poachers.
1551 my setting spanyell doge with all netts and geyr pertenyng, Morton on Swale
1594 ‘a setting spaniell for the Earl’, Batley
1635 to kill any more game ... with setting dogges, Meltham
1671 the constable ... hath made search for gunns, bowes, greyhounds, setting doggs, haies, netts or other engins used for the destruction of game, Skelbrooke.