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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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TACK OF LANDS, customs, lease ; tacksman, lease holder.

TAILZIE, entail ; tailzier, entailer.

TAS, cup.

TAXT-WARD, the casualty of a superior for lands in non-entry.

TAYNGIS, tongs.

TEICK, tick, tick of a bed (mattress, pillow).

TEINDS, tithes ; teind sheaves, grain tithe.

TEMPLE LANDS, lands which belonged of old to the knight templars.

TENEMENT, a house, flat, holding or piece of land.

TESTAMENT, will. Except in Scotland where it does not refer to a will in the modern sense, rather a grant of administration by the authorities.

TESTAMENTAR ; see s. Dative.

THEATS, horse traces in plough or carriage.

THESAURER, treasurer.

THIRLAGE, the obligation on owner or tenants of land within a certain district to have their grain ground at a particular mill.

THOMIE, thumb.

THRID, third.

THRONG OF BUSINESS, full of, "crowded with” business.

THROW, through.

TITELLIS, titles

TOCHER, dowry ; tocher guid, the goods or money constituting the dowry.

TODDIS HEID AND BUR, fox's head and brush.

TOFT, land attached to a dwelling house and its appurtances, a messuage.

TOLBOOTH, the common prison of a burgh, the building in which the municipal courts are held.

TOLERANCE, deed granting some privilege.  

TOUNE, tounis, town(s).

TOWN, a steading (farmhouse outbuildings), with the houses of cotters (cottars).

TOWN HOUSE, house occupied by the civic authorities for the public business.

TRANSUMPT, an official copy of a deed, usually an old one.

TRANSLATION OF A BOND, document transferring it from one holder to another.

TRED AND HANDLING, trade and business.

TROWBLANCE, molestation.

TUFFELL CLOATH, taffill cloth, table cloth.

TUTOR, one appointed to manage the estate of a pupil below twelve years of age if a female, and fourteen if a male.

TUTORY, the appointment of such tutor.

TUTELAGE, state of being under a tutor.

TWIDLEN (napery), tweeled, twilled cloth.

TYMOUS, betimes, timely.

TYNE AND WINE, lose and win.

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