A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Preses, Preces(s, n. Also: præses, praeses, preases. Plur. preces. [Med. L. preses alderman (c 1102 in Latham), L. præses, præsidem, president, chief, guardian, properly adj. (= presiding), f. præsidēre to preside]. (Also med. and mod. L. preses, presid- in various applications (c 1102–c 1555 in Latham).) Only Sc.
The president or chairman of a meeting.
In plur. without inflection.
(a) It was agreed that a preses every parliament should be chosen; 1641 Baillie I 385.
Bishop Bancroft, the preses; Row 285.
1649 Lamont Diary 9.
Preases; 1660 Conv. Burghs III 496.
The lordis electes Jon, Earle of Callander, to be præses to there next meeting; 1661 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. I 6.
Which they had declared to the preses; Blair Autob. 42.
1674 Alford Rec. 212.
Being chosen praeses in absence of the deane of facultie; 1675 Adv. Min. Bk. I 31.
Preses; 1685 Ib. 70.
Sharp … is preses in that court; W. Row Blair 470.
At this time is Duke Hamilton made Knight of the Garter, and preses to the king's council of Scotland; Law Memor. 238.
The lord provost reported that now since he was to leave the chair as preses of the councell; 1687 Edinb. B. Rec. XI 226.
And when speaking that he shall direct his discourse to the preses for the tyme only; 1690 Murray Lyon Hist. Lodge Edinb. 47.
They did unanimously vote my Lord Halcraig to be ther preses; 1696 Glasg. Univ. Mun. II 533.
(b) Supposs yow had been our preces; 1644 Misc. Spald. C. I 31.
1652 Glasgow B. Rec. II 218.
1660 Aberd. Council Lett. IV 30.
This day the managers have thought fitt to chuse a precess amongst themselves … and the precess soe chosen is to signe the dayes journalls he is precess to; 1682 New Mills Manuf. 27.
Precess; 1693 Adv. Min. Bk. I 125.
My lord Halcraig, preces of the committee; 1696 Glasg. Univ. Mun. II 533.
plur. Williame Boyd, ane of the preces of ane pairt of the tradismen; 1659 Glasgow B. Rec. II 415.
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