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Infeft, v., p.t., and p.p. Also: infe(a)fte; Infetht. [P.p. of Infeff v., also commonly used as infin. and in pres. tense in place of this.]

1. tr. To invest (a person) with heritable property. a. In infin. or pres. tense. b. In past tense. c. In past pple.a. 1416 Maxwell Mem. I. 148.
The said Jamys sal infeft the saiddis childir ... with fre charter and sesyng in his barony of  Kilbryd
1457 Wemyss Chart. 80.
Ilkane of the said partis sal infeft vthir in the landis forsaidis … , in fre cosyng
1482 Bamff Chart. 32.
In lyk wyis thai sal infefft thame in fyff markis worth off land
1486 Bk. Carlaverock II. 447.
Cuthbert sal … infeft a prest of ten pundis of anwell
1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 248/1.
Aftir the decrete it salbe lefefull to him and his ayeris to infeft his tenentis
1527 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 117.
Gif your l. may eislie infeft ws in ony of ȝour landis liand mair evuse to ws
1559 Reg. Episc. Brech. I. xix.
Ane precept of sesin geuin be the larde of Strakmertene to infeft his wyiff
1599 Fam. Rose 288.
To infeft the said Murdoch and Margaret in the dawach of land of Killewnan and Spittall
b. 1511 Reg. Privy S. I. 365/2.
The kingis hienes infeft him in the saidis landis … efter thai wer recognist and appreciate to the kingis use
1531 Bell. Boece (M) I. 279/25.
Fergus … infeft preistis to doo divyn seruice & cerymonyis in the samyn
1570 Leslie 42.
The King … infeft him of new in the lordschip of the Ylis
c (1) 1426 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 202.
With al gudely haast effter that I haf infefft the said Dauy … of the said land
1491 Ayr Friars Pr. Chart. 63.
That the saidis prior and convent has infeft me … in the north half of … thair croft
1506 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. II. 162.
Johne lord Cathkert … has infeft heritably … the said Johne of Lekprevik in [etc.]
(2) 1493 Lennox Mun. 148.
Of the quhilk landis the said James … sall be heretably infeft be chartour
1495 Acta Conc. 409/1.
Allegiit … that thai wer infeft of the auld of the said tend penny
1533 Boece xi. xx. 449 b.
Ane kirk thare suld be biggit, in quhilk preistis suld be infeft daly … to pray for pardoun of thare synnys
1558 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I. 168.
The saids complenaris … ar infeft in our said burgh of Kintor … in fre burgage
1586 Reg. Cupar A. II. 294.
Robert Portar … hes bene infeft of auld in samekle aill, brede, [etc.] … as ony monk … within the samyn [abbacie] suld ressaue daillie
1615 Highland P. III. 173.
I having now enterit myself as air … in the saidis landis, and being infeft and seasit thairintill
c1650 Spalding II. 175.
He that was put in fie of the landis of Geicht be his goodshir, and his father wes neuer infeft thairintill
1685 Decis. Lords F. 71.
The defender, being infeft before his father's death upon the foresaid disposition, was in fie of the saids lands
(3) c 1459 Liber Aberbr. 105.
We … [being] religios men infefte in donatioun of landis
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Forestarius.
[One] infeft in free forrest, hes power to hunt, halk, and cutte trees
1657 Mure II. 241.
The Mures … were possessours of the estate & liveing of Rowallane, … infeft cum furca et fossa
fig. c1590 Fowler I. 112/6.
I Plato first espyed thairin with honour first infeft

2. To assign by infeftment. 1456 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 15.
He sould gif ij markis of annuell yeirlie … and till infeft it yeirlie
1555 Peebles B. Rec. 221.
For xiiij s. of annuell quhilk is infeft for doing yerelie of the said dirige
1579 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 138.
Annuellis infeft to the said hospitall … sen the deceis of the said foundatour
1661 Decis. Lords G. 7.
Failȝieing of her sons, to belong to her self and her heirs with annualrent, als well not infeft as infeft

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