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Makar, Makkar, n. Also: -are, -er(e; mackar, -er; maikar, -er, maikkar. [ME. (a 1300) and e.m.E. maker.]

1. One who fashions, constructs, produces, prepares, etc., in applications of Mak v.1 1, 2, 3, 5, 22, etc. Ydolis … That war na makaris bot war mad; Leg. S. xvi. 232.
The makar of the fire in the hall; Acts I. 346/2.
[To be] principale maister maker and meltar of our gunnis; 1532 Exch. R. XVI. 152.
Ilkane makar is mair excellent than is the work; Hamilton Cat. 135.
Anent the makaris pakaris and peillouris off herring; 1580 Crail B. Ct. MS. 20 Aug.
For ane disione … to the bairnis makeris of the pastyme to the kingis majestie; 1581–2 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 470.
To John Foster, maker of the gravis; 1583 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 176.
Makeris of claith, lauboureris of woll [etc.]; 1601 Conv. Burghs II. 98.
The act anent … the makeres of pennie brydelles; 1658 Musselburgh 115.

b. In many combinations, with the name of the product or manufactured article prefixed. As bonet-, gluf-, kame-, knapscall-, knok-, periwick-makar, etc., q.v. under the first elements. Ewre McKerane aqua vite maker; 1562 Perth Guildry 316 (30 Oct.).
Smythis, harneis makeris; Pitsc. I. 354/4.
Oney … that ar malt maikkaris; 1604 Urie Baron Ct. 10.
To the grave makers in Hamiltone ¥10, 3, 0; 1665 Anal. Scot. II. 400.

2. The Creator. Said of God, Christ or Nature: Mak v.1 1 b. Jhesu … Makar of hewine & ȝerd & al; Leg. S. xxviii. 538.
Knaulag … of hir makare; Ib. l. 753.
Wynt. v. 5272.
The first makar; Ratis R. 528.
The office of God the makare; Hay II. 103/2.
The makar abow; Wall. vi. 102.
Thi sone and makere immortale; Contempl. Sinn. 1035.
Thair makar [sc. Nature]; Dunb. xlviii. 76.
The makkar quhilk it maid; Lynd. Mon. 2638.
Thy hewinlie makar; Arbuthnot Maitl. F. xxx. 157.

3. The author of a literary work. Dauit … makare of the saltere; Leg. S. x. 566.
I, the makare of this buk; Wisd. Sol. (S.T.S.) 36.
The excusatioun off the maker; Lauder Off. Kings p. 19 heading.
The rest of your collegues, … makaris of this proclamatioun; Knox II. 275.
The regent … summond the makar of the same dialog callit Mr Johne Dauidsone; Pitsc. II. 312/33.
1570 Sat. P. xiii. 216.
1596 Moysie xvii.
To judge vpoun all makars of cokalanes; 1597 Elgin Rec. II. 47.
1640 Dundonald Par. Rec. 457.
The mackers leave no place to presume for episcopacy; J. Gordon Hist. II. 123.

4. A poet. Quhen gud makaris rang weill in to Scotland; Wall. xi. 1455.
O reuerend Chaucere … Thou beris of makaris [M. maikaris] the tryumph riall; Dunb. G. Targe 256.
Ib. 77.
I see that makaris [B. makkaris, M. the maikaris] amang the laif [etc.]; Id. iv. 45.
Than cam in Dunbar the mackar [v.r. makker]; Id. liii. 22.
Stewart 128.
Sum of the poyetis and makaris that ar now; Maitland Maitl. F. cv. 1.

5. a. One who promulgates a law, makes a will, executes a legal deed, enters into a contract, etc.: see Mak v.1 9 and 30 g, h, i. As the nature of the band will, and with the counsel of the makaris of it; 1409 Exch. R. IV. ccxii.
The … entencioune of the … makare of the law; Irland Mir. I. 114/1.
The sade David quhilk was makare of the sade assedacione; 1498 Acta Conc. II. 197.
Makaris of privatt paccionis with devillis; Bell. Boece (M) II. 52.
Executouris of the testament … suld be sic personis as the maker thereof dois nominate; Bisset II. 87/21.
The maikers of the band to compeir; Hope Major Pract. II. 217.

b. One who performs some action: see Mak v.1 30, esp. t. Also Law-maker n., Lesing-makar n. Makaris of the said soite; 1448 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 17.
Quhethir this athe suld be understandin be the entencioun of the makare or of the takare; Hay I. 178/34.
For tyl … dissyide makeris of that fechtyng; 1459 Peebles B. Rec. I. 132.
Makaris of payment of the said some; 1481 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 463.
1556 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 252.
Aganis makaris and tellaris of lesingis; 1584 Acts III. 296/1.
Skene Reg. Maj. i. 42 b.
[Seven men] to be bargane mackers with power to them to agrie [etc.]; 1664 Inverness Rec. II. 219.

c. One who appoints or creates (knights): Mak v.1 12. It war lak to the makare to mak men knychtis that war nocht hable till armes; Hay II. 40/10.
Ib. 42/31.

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