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W.M. Costello
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    “Leaguer” is an old Shorter OED that I have, with the suggested derivation from Du “ligger” (meaning “tun”), used for fresh-water casks aboard ship, earliest recorded use in print 1683. It then gives 3 examples of use of the word : a) a measure of arrack, 1712 ; b) a cask of wine or oil ? of a certain size, 1772 ; c) Naut. The longest water-cask, of 159 English Imperial gallons 1683. (That last measurement seems odd, did they have Imperial gallons in 1683?)