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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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KAIN, rent paid in kind, as fowls, grain, etc. When joined with money it means the value of the other subjects.

KAMYS, combs ; applied to a place, it means 'ridgy' ground.

KEMMYNG-STOK, the stock on which wool was set for combing.

KER, sledge used to transport hay. Kerfull, a cartload

KILL, kiln, stove or oven for drying malt, etc.

KIPPAGE, disorder.

KIRKMASTER, an official who had charge of the church buildings, and received the money, exacted for the fabric.

KIST, kistis ; chest, chests.

KITHES, appears, shows.

KNAG OF VINACRE, cask of vinegar.

KNAPSCALL, headpiece in armour.  

KNYCHTHED, knighthood.

KOU, cow, pl. ky, kyne.

KYRK, church.

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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!

 

 

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