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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Lauta, Lawtay(e, n. Also: lawta, lata. [Var. of Lautee n., with -a, -ay as in allya, entra, ischa.] Loyalty, fidelity; allegiance; good faith, integrity, honesty.(1) c1475 Wall. xi. 972.
Bruce … With hys awn hand agayn wrayt to Wallace And thankyt him off lauta and kyndnas Ib. 1171.
Merour he was off lauta and manheid(b) 1499 Liber Aberbr. 325.
[I am bound] in lawtay and service to be done and kepit to thaim 1538 Misc. Spald. C. IV. 203.
[I am bound] in the maist traist styill, form, and band of lawtaye and suthfastnes to ane nobill … lord 1562-3 Winȝet II. 7/2.
This is … a general reul to al richt, an ewin lyne of lawtay, a tweche stane of the treuth(c) a1598 Ferg. Prov. (1641) No. 588.
Lata is lang and dreich(2) c1475 Wall. vii. 1262.
He him band Lauta to kep to Wallace Ib. viii. 11.
Sa he will … Fra this tyme furth kepe lawta till our croune 1482 Bamff Chart. 33.
[Signed] Fynlo Ramsa kepithlawta
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