(A). An earthen pot for holding spirits; a large stone jar. Also an old man. (Bellarmine.)
“We will give a cup of distilled waters ... unto the next pilgrim that comes over; and ye may keep for the purpose the grunds of the last greybeard.” —Sir W Scott: The Monastery, chap. ix.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894