1) It has several related meanings in northern dialects, of which one is ‘an assembly, a gatherin, an appointment’ (EDD).

That may explain the following manorial order: 1593 ‘that no man be involved on the sabbath in lez goose eatinges, pigge eating ... steavens sive helpales’, Slaithwaite.

places Slaithwaite
dates 1593

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