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Scotland - a glossary of archaic terms, as well as a number of Modern Scots words and phrases, useful for genealogical research. Legal terms, words linked to property and possessions, found in wills and testaments.

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EDICT OF CURATORY, edict summoning next of kin on both sides for election as curators to a minor.  

EFFEIR, fall by right, as effeirs, in the proper way, as appropriate.

EIK (eiking), addition, added to, adding.

EILD, children of, issue.  

ELIDE, weaken the evidence.

EME, uncle or near relative

EMERODE, emerald.

EMMET, ant.  

EMPHITEOSE, a perpetual feu, duty

END, e.g., out of the first end thereof, out of the first available funds.  

ENGEL, angel, gold coin (orig. fr)

ENGENERET, engendrit, begotten

ENNYRNES, (Celtic) Inverness

ENTER, inter, to obtain, take possession of lands/property/office 2. to place someone in possession of same

ENTRES, entress, entry, entrance 2. the appointing of an heir as a new vassal with his superior, rendering his tenancy effective

ENTRIE SILVER dues paid on being entered in an estate as heir.  

EQUIPOLLENT, of equal authority, value, equivalent.

ERD, erthe and stane, symbolic terms used in the transference of property (earth and stone)

ERL, earl

ESCHEAT, ascheat (escheated, escheat goods), goods or estate forfeited or confiscated, esp. on conviction for a crime, non-payment of debt.  

ESCHET, forfeiture (O. Fr. eschéoir, to fall out, fail).

ES(E)MENT, aisment, a material convenience or advantage, usually in connection with the occupation of land/buildings

EST, east, estin, eastern

ESTAITIS, estates (of the realm)

EVENAR, the person apointed to apportion lands

EVIDENTS, documents evidencing ownership, title deeds.

EXCAMB (excambion), exchange, act of exchanging.

EXCRESCENS, interest.

EXECUTOR-DATIVE, person appointed by the court to execute a warrant.

EXECUTOR-NOMINATE, person appointed by the testator to execute a warrant.

EXECUTRY, the moveable property of a deceased person.

EXONER, free from liability.

EYRN, iron (ern, M. Sc.)

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This glossary is under constant revision. We welcome all contributions of archaic terms linked to Scotland, that may be helpful in genealogical research. Please complete the SUGGESTIONS FORM with your ideas, additions and corrections. Thanks!

 

Quhou the effligit Lady, Dame Scotia, reprochit hyr thre Sonnis, rallit the Thre Estaitis of Scotland

 

Oignorant, abusit, ande dissaitful pepil, gone by the path vaye of verteouse knaulage, beand of ane effemenet courage, degradit fra honour, ande degenerit fra the nobilite of zour foir fadirs & predecessours, O quhat vanhap, guhat dyabolic temptatione, quhat misire, quhat maledictione, or quhat vengeance is this that hes succumbit zour honour, ande hes blyndit zour ene fra the perspectione of zour extreme ruuyne?

 

Chap VIII, The Complaynt of Scotland

  

 

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