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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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HABILE, 1. manageable, easy to use,  2. having the capacity or power (to do).

HABIT AND REPUTE, the reputation of being a thief.

HAGBUT, a kind of musket ; hagbuttaris, those who carried them.

HAIFFAND, having. 

HAILL, whole.  

HAMESUCKEN, 1. crime committed upon a person in his own home 2. the corresponding fine or penalty.

HANDSELL, the first money received for goods, etc.

HANDSEYNZIE, banner, the hand-sign ; cp. Ensign.

HAUNDY, handy ; e.g., haundy naigis, handy nags.

HAVAND, having.

HAVER, the person who has custody of a document, required as evidence in court.

HEICHE, high.

HEID, head.

HEILSOME, wholesome, heal-some.

HEIMS, believed to be short for hemmyngs, shoes made of untanned leather.

HEIR MALE, heir descending through sons.

HEIR OF TAILZIE OR PROVISION, heir by virtue of a deed of entail or provision.

HEIR PORTIONER one of several taking equally, e.g., in the case of daughters.

HEIR SPECIAL, heir to a particular subject.

HERITABLE PROPRIETOR, one who owns heritable property.

HERITABLY, by heritage ; pertaining in heritage, be­longing to as heir.

HERITIER, heritor, inheritor, heir.

HESP, hasp, clasp, hinge.

HERETAGE, heritage, Property consisting of land etc. that devolved on the heir at law as opposed to an executor.

HEUCH, a glen with steep sides, a crag, hence a pit; e.g., coal-heuch.

HEW, hue.  

HIRD, hyrd, shepherd, keeper of cattle of any kind.

HISBAND, husband.

HISTORIAGREPHOURS, historigraphours, historians.

HOG, one-year-old sheep.

HOGSTONE (or Hogtone) OF DOUBLE WORSAT, a jacket of worsted.  

HOLOGRAPH, written 'wholly' by the hand of the testator, and thereby valid.

HOMOL(O)GATE, to indirectly approve of, or agree with, thereby confirm or ratify.

HORN, AT THE, denounced as an outlaw.

HORNING, a writ under the signet obtained by a creditor ordering the debtor to pay or be " at the horn."

HORNING, LETTERS OF. the writ as above.

HORNING, RELAXED FROM, released from the effects of the letters.

HOUSE-MAILLS or MEALS, house-rent; cp. black mail Rent payable in cattle, labour or coin other than silver.

HOSPITAL-MASTER, keeper of the almshouse.  

HOUSHALD, household.

HOVISS, house.

HULSTER CAIRDS, holster cards.

HOWFF, hough, a burial ground, a place of resort.

HUSBAND-LAND, twenty-six acres of land ploughed by two oxen.

HYPOTHECATE, mortgage to secure a debt.

HYRD, hird, shepherd, pl. hyrdis.

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