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Bote, Boit, Bot(t, n.2 Also: boite, boitt, (boith,) boyt(t; boot(t, bowt; boat(e. [e.m.E. boat(e, bote, botte, ME. bote, boot(e, midland and southern var. of bate Bate n.1, used in place of the Sc. form.]

1. A boat. Sometimes = ferry-boat. Also frequent with defining terms as drag, fery, fische, fischer, fischeing, flee, line, stane bote; see these words. (a) Of ilk bot chargit in the havin … and in likewis of ilk bot chargit in the rade; 1471 Edinb. Chart. 133.
For a bot that brocht our Lyone herald in hast to the King; 1473 Treas. Acc. I. 45.
Bottis was schot, and fra the roch thaim sent; Wall. ix. 47.
To bryng the bott fra the Blaknes; 1489 Treas. Acc. I. 124.
Takis, steddeinis, bottis, quhit fischyngis of the said barony; 1527 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 248.
Thir ar the personis that ar devisit for the keiping of bottis; 1549 Ann. Banff I. 25.
Johne Campbell of the bot of Ylay; 1550 Reg. Cupar A. II. 81.
The serwandis … wsand the bot on the loch; 1556 Inverness B. Rec. I. 2.
All the galȝeonis, schippis, and bottis of Leith; Diurn. Occurr. 48.
He … Lapp in a bott, and maid him boun; 1583 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 1072.
Sa sall be seen the figoures of the flots, With fearfull flags, and weill calfuterd bots; Hume vii. 80.
Ilk bott without ane tapmast, … ilk oppin bott; 1610 Conv. Burghs II. 303.
Four pennies of ilk bot [in] ankoraige silver; 1632 Milne Home MSS. 199.
Thair being bot twa bottis to ilk schip; 1641 Acts V. 418/1.
(b) The masteris and governouris of the saidis botis; 1471 Edinb. Chart. 134.
For a bote that careit tymmyr fra the loche; 1494 Treas. Acc. I. 247.
To pas with his bote and bring agane lede; 1516 Reg. Privy S. I. 430/1.
Rewthare … with all the folkis … passit to the botis; Boece ii. vii. 71.
Fra the castell of Striveling to the bote at Cambuskeneth; 1539 Treas. Acc. VII. 301.
Na maner of personis of botis or crayaris that hapnis to cum out of the south; 1546 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 241.
We intend, … to send certane men … quha will be caryit in botis and galais; 1557 Fam. Rose 222.
He had no will to fie a bote; 1583 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 771.
We stood on still with our bote att our sterne; 1647 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 192.
(c) I … the boit sall bryng yow till; Wall. ix. 1178.
To Dave Rudman to pass to Pittinweme for a boyt; 1490 Treas. Acc. I. 131.
His seruandis in the boite keppit him; Asl. MS. I. 289/20.
Twa syluer coppis schapyn lyke a boyt; Doug. v. v. 44.
With schip and boit, with bark and ballingair; Stewart 9192.
Allegiand that thai suld have hankerage and small custome of his said boit; 1540 Edinb. Chart. 212.
For the careing … of xxiij pece of the stanis in ane small boit; 1552–3 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 278.
That nane pas out of the wattyr, nowcht be schip or boyt; 1563 Grant Chart. 129.
To laidin his schip or boytt; Ib.
The regent send in ane boit to Stirviling [etc.]; Pitsc. II. 257/30.
To stay all boytes … and tak theare sailes … from thame; Moysie 115.
He persavis ane boit approtcheing; 1615 Highland P. III. 216.
To charge … Tammisone at the boitt of Skeirdurstan for trafficting with salt; 1637 Elgin Rec. I. 257.
Severall of these boittis with the speit of water hes bene loist; 1649 Lanark B. Rec. 139.
(d) The boot [being] slaw and heavie; Melvill 169.
The boott was sa heavie; Ib. 252.
They send out their boots and take … provisions from any ship or boott that coms up the firth; 1689 Melville Corr. 113.
The drouning of the packett bowt; 1693 Cromarty Corr. I. 94.
(e) The magistrat … sall caus build twa or thrie boates; 1613 Conv. Burghs II. 390.
Sum … lenchit owt thair boatis; 1615 Highland P. III. 185.

2. Attrib. with are (oar), burde, fisching, fraucht, hire, schipping (crew), stake, teind, victuall, wrak. In the ȝaird sex bot airis of asche; 1583 Edinb. Test. XIII. 115 b.
Ane dossoun of boit burdis; 1586 Ib. XV. 84.
The myd thrid of Arkboll … with ane botfysching; 1566 Prot. Bk. W. Cumming 89.
Payit for bot fraucht; 1628 M. Works Acc. XXI. 16.
For the careing and boit hyre; 1552–3 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 278.
For him and his boitschipping … Ony of thaim, or ony of thair boitschipping; 1538 Aberd. B. Rec. (J).
Ane grit aik trie being the boitstaik of his boit; 1601 Reg. Privy C. VI. 238.
[To] the Vicarage of Dunrosnes in … bot teind; c 1600 Soc. Ant. XVIII. 295.
The bailyie … findis that girnalit victuall nor boit victuall aucht na gait dychting; 1561 Stirling B. Rec. I. 79.
The twa parte of ane auld schipwrak and ane auld boit wrak; 1597 Edinb. Test. XXX. 253 b.

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