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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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Q. Often short for con ; e.g., Qfess, confess.

QROF, whereof.  

QUHA, who.

QUHAIR, quhar, where.  

QUHAIRBE, whereby.

QUHAIRIN, wherein.

QUHAIS, whose.  

QUHAM, whom.

QUHAR, where.

QUHARFOR, wherefore.

QUHATSOMEVIR, whatever, whatsoever.

QUHEILL, while, wheel.

QUHEIT, white.  

QUHEN, when.

QUHERIN, wherein.  

QUHIDDIR, whether.

QUHIL, till, until.

QUHILK, whilk, which. 

QUHOME, whom. 

QUHOU, how.

QUHOUBEIT, howbeit, howsoever.

QUHY, why.

QUHYLE, while.  

QUOD, quoth, said.

QUYT OF ENTRY, quit of entry, having paid fees due to the superior on succeeding to lands.

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Scotland was neuer in harder case,

Sen Fergus first it wan :

The preistis wa may fairly ban,

Quhilk hes the wyte that brak the peace

for to put downe the word of Christ.

 

Ane hundred thousand thay wald se

zockit in till ane feild,

Under the speir and sheild ;

Bot with the wyfis thay wald be

At hame, to smoir the word of Christ.

 

Defend na mair thir wolfis sa wylde,

Sa ful of cruelnes,

Thair cloikit halynes,

Baith men and wyfis sa lang hes fylde,

And ar the verray Antichristis.

 

John Wedderburn, Gude and Godlie Ballatis, 1578

 

 

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