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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Distruble, -trubil, v. Also: dystruble, -trubyle; distrubile, -trub(b)ill. [Variant of Distrouble v.] tr. To trouble, disturb, molest. (Common c 1450–1500.) a1400 Leg. S. xviii. 906.
Syndry thochtis … that has dystrublit me vmquhile
1391 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 380.
The land … neuer was distrublit bot nw
c1420 Wynt. ix. 3211.
Schir Henry Horn, The quhilk … dystrublit that diocy Agane the lauch dispituously
1453 Stirlings of Keir 226.
I … sal neuermar … move plede, raise stryf, distrubill, inquiete, … or hinder the forsaide Henry [etc.]
1457 Acts II. 51/1.
The schirref sall … forbide thame … to distrubile the Kingis pece
1471 Banff Ann. I. 20.
Gif it sal happyn thame to be distrublit … or maisterfulli reft be ony parti
1488 Stewart Mem. 77.
The said Duncain Campbell sall nocht in tyme tocum … distruble the said Neill in his takis, stedingis [etc.]
1513 Doug. vii. vii. 8.
For tyll distrubbill the forsaid mariage
c1520-c1535 Nisbet Acts xvi. 20.
Thir men distrubilis [Wyc. disturblen] our citee

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