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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).

Dative, a. [e.m.E. datyff (1535–6), dative, L. datīvus.]

1. Curator or tutor dative, one appointed by the King. 1476 Acta Aud. 55/1.
To diffend & kepe the said Iohne scathles anent schir Gylbert Hering & schir Iohne of Cuthquhone as curatour datiue to the said Gylbert
1518 Fife Sheriff Ct. 99.
Master Dauid Spens … producit … ane lettir of the kingis of tutour datiue of Iohnne Arrok
c1575 Balfour Pract. 115.
Sum tutoris ar testamentaris, sum tutoris of law, and sum ar tutoris dative, … The tutor dative is maid and gevin be the King
a1646 Spotisw. Practicks 163.
This service was advocat before the Lords by Iohn Colquhoun tutor dative given to the said idiot by the King

b. Tutory dative, the office of tutor dative. a1646 Spotisw. Practicks 348.
Six or seven years since he had obtain'd of the king a tutory dative

2. Of executors: Appointed by the commissary when one has not been nominated by the testator. 1526 Acts II. 306/2.
Oft tymez ȝong persounis deis that may nocht mak testamentis, the ordineris vsis to geif executoris dativis thare gudis
1558 Acta Cur. Admir. 54.
Patrik Dausoun and Andro Dawsoun executouris dative lauchfullie confirmit to the haill gudis and geir of … thair fader
1561 Ib. 196.
The said Johnne as executour dative … to hir
1588 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 425.
Lawful sones to the defunct and executouris datiuis decernit to him be decreit of the commissar of Edinburgh
1622-6 Bisset II. 80/9.
Ony persone testamentare or dative to ony deidis geir
Ib. 88/2.
The executouris alsweill testamentare as dative
c1630 Hope Minor Pract. 26.
The whole, without division, will pertain to the executor-dative
a1646 Spotisw. Practicks 338.
Alison Lawson, sister to the defunct, who was confirmed executrix dative to her brother
1653 Edinb. Test. LXVII. 5 b.
Helene Ionstoune … onlie executrix dative decernit as creditrix to the said vmquhill defunct

b. Executorie dative, the office of executor dative. 1588 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 427.
All and sindrie thingis to do … that to the office of executorie datiue is knawin to pertene

3. Testament dative, a substitute for, or addition to, an ordinary testament, prepared by an executor dative. 1588 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 425.
The testament dative and inuentar of the guidis pertening to … Dauid Chalmer of Balbethane
c1630 Hope Minor Pract. 23.
Defunctis testaments were of old confirmed by the officials, … whither the samen were testaments testamentar or dative
Ib. 29. a1646 Spotisw. Practicks 337.
No debts as owing by the defunct should be insert … in testaments dative
1666 Acts Sederunt 24 June, 99.
Thir debts are in testaments dative only to be received as oweing by the defunct
1677 Grant Chart. 354.
The testament datiwe and inventar of certane soumes of money … eiked and giwen wp to Ludovick Grant

4. Of a decreet: (see Dative n. 1). c1630 Hope Minor Practicks 24.
If the relict and bairns … desired the office of executry, the judge decerns them exectors; whereupon they give out a decreet, which is called dative

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