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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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OASTLAIR, master of an inn, host; hence ostler.

OBLIGEMENT, bond, obligation.

ON-DELYVERIT, undelivered.  

ONLEFUL, unlawful.

ORDINANS, ordinance(s), order(s).

OST, host.

OUKIS, weeks.

OUR-GILT, overgilt, gilded over; of a book, gilt-edged.

OURE, our, over.

OUTREDDAR, to outred is to extricate or finish off ; the outreddar of a ship is thus the person who fits it out for a voyage, or disburdens it of its cargo.

OXENGATE OF LAND, an oxgate of land is thirteen acres. cp. husbandland.

OY, OYE, grandson, grand-daughter, sometimes niece.

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