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Non-entré, -entrie, n. Also: -entree, -entra, -ay(e, -y(e, -enterie, -intree. [Entré, Entrie, Entra, Intré; also e.m.E. non-entry (1599) the fact of not entering.]

1. Failure to enter into possession of a property, and the feudal casualty consequent on this (Entré n. 5).a. The failure of an heir of lawful age to renew his predecessor's possession of landed property or other heritable right by having himself served heir and thereafter receiving investiture from his superior, having paid the necessary dues. b. The condition in which the property etc. was said to fall, lie, be etc. pending this. c.The feudal casualty of the superior's right to the rents and profits of the property pending the infeftment of the heir as vassal. d. plur. The amounts due as non-entry payments on certain properties; also, the collective non-entry payments on a single property. e. attrib. f. fig.For definitions and discussion see esp. Balfour Pract. 257 f., also Skene Verb. S. s.v. None-entres, Hope Major Pract. I. 259 f., Stair Inst. ii. iv. 18 f., Erskine Inst. ii. v. 29.a. 1478 Acta Aud. 75/2.
And that the said som ȝerly of the said v ȝeris was takin vp & is the Kingis rycht for the nonentre of the said air
1497 Treas. Acc. I. 315.
I resauit fra Schir James of Levingstoune … of ane termez male of his landis, being in the Kingis handis for his nonentree
1498 Acta Conc. II. 172; etc. 1534 Treas. Acc. VI. 208.
Non entrie
1614 Highland P. III. 159.
Endureing the tyme of the nonentrye
b. 1525 Liber Aberbr. II. 451.
And if the lands of Monbodo should fall in nonentry in default of the entry of the heirs … [the abbot] assigns the nonentry to James Strathaquhyn
1570 Bk. Mackay 401.
How oft … the samin [lands] ony wayes sall happin to fall in waird or cum in nonentre
1572–3 Canongate Ct. Bk. 425. a1578 Pitsc. I. 351/20.
He fand money of the saidis landis in non entrie
1592 Orkney Oppress. 101. 1605 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 242.
Thair bak tenementis and yeard … quhilk hes beine in nonenterie be the spaice of auchtein yeiris
1607–8 Misc. Spald. C. V. 138.
And to warne these that hes thair watteris lyand in nonentrie
c 1641 Orkney Rentals iii. 17.c. 1507 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 139.
To have gifin to our traist cousin … the nonentry and relief of … the landis of … his fader
1569–70 Canongate Ct. Bk. 151.
As donatour to the nonentrie thairof of divers yeris bipast
1572 Stewart Mem. 103.
Fre of all ward releif and nonintree
1572–3 Canongate Ct. Bk. 424. 1613 Highland P. III. 134.
To pas ane gift of nonentrie to me of sum of my landis
a1633 Hope Major Pract. II. 184.
The tenants ar not bound to anser to a declaratour of non entrie, the heritour not being called
1682 Decis. Lords F. 12.
plur. a1633 Hope Major Pract. I. 70.
Of legittimatione … regress, wairds, nonentreiss, releiff and mariages
d. 1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 258/1.
To intromett with the nonentriis of all and sindry the landis … thai makand compt to the thesaurare for the proffitis of the sammyn
a1633 Hope Major Pract. I. 179.
The wassall craveing entery most offer the haill bygane nonentreis preceiding the charge
e. 1541 Prot. Bk. M. Carruthers 33.
[To have received payment of the] non entry silvyr [of the said 3 acres]
1600 Boyd Fam. P. No. 89 (9 Feb.).
I … grantis me to haif ressauit … compleit payment for the retour and nonentrie maills of the lands of Pinkill and Lagganmarny … as also satisfaction for the sasing oxin
f. 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1891) 431.
A soul under a non-entry (when my rights were wadset and lost)
Ib. 502.
Often I lie under a non-entry and would gladly sell all my joys to be confirmed free tenant of the King Jesus
a1658 Durham Comm. Rev. 72.
And in sum to obstruct, and put in a non-entry, their edification

2. Failure to present another or to appear oneself at some appointed place, chiefly, for trial in a court of law (Entré n. 7).Also, failure to bring an animal to a court.(1) 1496–7 Acta Conc. II. 49.
For the unlaw he fell in in the last justice aire of Lithgw for nonentre of Jhone Boundis
1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 247/1. 1511 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 13.
For falt of the non entra of ane hors arrestit in be Jok of Caverhyll
1534 Treas. Acc. VI. 208. 1541 Reg. Privy S. II. 620/1.
For nonentre of William Hall in the tolbuith of Jedburgh
1592 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I. 276.
(2) 1499 Dunferm. B. Rec. I. 106.
The sade John wes amerciat for his nonentra and to entir to the nixt court
1504 Crim. Trials I. i. 43.
Or for lying furthe and non-entre to our lawis
1581 Digest Justiciary Proc. K. 18.
Vnlawit for his non enterie to wnderly the law for the saidis crymes

3. The condition of not being admitted (as a lodger). a1650 Row 468.
He againe wes cast into a non-entrie

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