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Clame, n. Also: clam. [OF. clame (med. L. clamium): cf. Claym(e n. and Cleme n.] A claim; an assertion of a legal right to something. 1375 Barb. xx. 48.
In-till that tretys wp thai gaff … all the clame that thai mycht haff In-till Scotland on ony maner
1425 Liber Melros 544.
The said parteis … schawand and pretendand thair rychtis and clamys on ilke syde
1441 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 7.
Giff it hapenis of case me or ony of myn ayris to make ony clame
1446 Ib. 404.
The debatis and clame of airschipe betwix Alexander … and Malcolme of Forbes
1447 Edinb. Chart. 68.
We haue geuyn and grauntit … al rycht, clame, propirte, and possessioun that we haue had … in or to the said landis
1456 Hay I. 136/18.
The knycht may mak clame to the party that reft him be way of accioun of thift
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2344.
Quyte of all clamis swa ȝe will mak him fre, Ȝe sall ane cabok haif
1475 Peebles B. Rec. 175.
The said Wilyam and his ayris … dischargis thaim for euir to mak ony clam na legens of the saydis anvellis or gyft
1497 Dunferm. B. Rec. 76.
It was fund be ane assis that Jhone Cragy was acquit of all clamis betuix him and Jhone Lauerok
1506 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. II. 162.
He and his to byde … free and quyte of all wther clames, takis, assedacionis, alienacions [etc.]
1535 Stewart 33428.
Sua that ȝe will gif ouir alhaill the landis … Withoutin clame beȝond the water of Forth
1549 Reg. Cupar A. II. 62.
Scho sall tyne all rycht, titull, and clame sche has … to the said takkis
1562 St. A. Kirk S. 182.
The Superintendent, … fyndyng na thing of the clam confessed nor provyn … absolvis Beatrix
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 32.
Euir … thai that hes nerrest clame to the croun ar nearest to danger
1595 Duncan Appendix.
Dica, a dittay, or clame
1622-6 Bisset I. 86/12.
To reid and considder diligentlie the libell, summonis, clame or petitioun
1641 Acts v. 363/1.
That the mater might be hard and setled anent his clame to the office of isherie
1662 Highland P. III. 14.
Ther was a clame given in against her to the session
c 1680 Bk. Pasquils 186.
He best could grind the clame that cass'd the lawes

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