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Byganis, n. pl. Also: buyganis, bi-, byganes, -gaines, bygean(i)s. [f. Bygane ppl. a. The Anglicized bygones is common in the 17th c.]

1. Things of the past or done in the past; esp. past offences or injuries. Than cumis conscience … , Greitand for byganis; a 1568 Sempill Sat. P. xlvii. 56.
The Earle of Douglas … was ressawit richt hairtfullie be the king and remittit all byganis; Pitsc. I. 84/4.
‘Of by ganes I haif hard,’ quod he, ‘I knaw not things to cum’; Montg. Ch. & Slae 821.
The Duke … forgaue thame baith al byganes; Dalr. II. 164/18.
The said George to go to courte … to procure vnto thame ane remissioun for bigaines; 1615 Highland P. III. 211.

2. Payments for past periods; arrears. How Dauid Orme may be satisfeit anent the byganis; 1570 Reg. Morton I. 55.
I grant me awand … xij merkis of his fie in compleit payment of all biganes; 1583 Edinb. Test. XII. 302 b.
To pay to the saidis pure men all thair biganes conforme to the compt; 1584 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 115.
Ane precept … to mak him payment of the biganes of his pensioun; 1614 Crim. Trials III. 299.
That ministers may get tymeous payment of thair stipends both for bygeans & to com; 1641 Acts V. 366/2.
Quhat they are deu for byganes; 1668 Irvine Mun. II. 227.
I have given him for byganes 4 s.; 1681 Foulis Acc. Bk. 70.

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