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Plantatioun(e, -tion(e, n. Also: plantacioune, -cion(e. [ME. plantacioune (c 1450), 15th c. F. and e.m.E. plantation, L. plantātio.]

1. The action or process of planting (esp. trees). 1457 Acts II. 51/1.
Anent plantacione of woddis and heggis and sawing of brovme
1473 Reg. Cupar A. I. 189.
With plantation of frote treis of the best kynd
Ib. 179.
1488 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 427. 1550 Stirling Ant. III. 247.
To set thornis with vthir necessar plantatioun for the weschers and drying of the clathis

b. concr. and coll. A group of trees, a plantation. 1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 32.
[To] distroy … all biggingis, munitionis, plantationis and commoditeis

2. The action of settling residents in a place, settlement. 1629 Red. Bk. Menteith II. 87.
The Erle of Seafort his intended plantation of strangers in the Lewes
1629 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 309 (see b below).

b. The action of providing a place with settlers, colonisation.Esp. with reference to the British settlements in Ireland and in America. c 1614 Melrose P. 171.
His maiesties royal dissein of plantation of Ireland
1624 Reg. Privy C. XIII. 471.
The advyse of some of the undertakeris for the Irishe plantatioun
Ib. 649.
Being no les hopefull of the plantatioun of New Scotland
1627 Ib. 2 Ser. II. 13.
A patent … for plantatioun of ane iseland … callit … Charles Island
1629 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 309.
Being inquyred … if they wald … contribute … for plantation of the burgh of Stornoway … for haulding out and staying of the plantation of the Flemings … who ar conduced be the Erle of Seafort to undertak that plantation … to the great hurt … of the haill burrowes, [they protested] that this burgh be frie of all sucht plantation and of all contribution
1630 Acts V. 223/2.
The plantatioun of Newscotland

c. A settlement, a colony. 1650 Acts VI. ii. 745/2.
To transport to Virginia 900 prisoners … by anie who will carrie them to plantations not in enmity to this Commonwealth
1669 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. III. 46.
[A ship] bounding for New York in the plantations
1687 Lauder Notices Affairs II. 825.

3. The action of appointing (a minister or schoolmaster). 1600 Gunn Traquair Church 8.
The brethren … to devise for his plantation
1612 Stirling B. Rec. I. 131.
Anent his plantatioune in the grammer scole of this burghe
1619 Rec. Univ. Aberd. 277. 1621 Conv. Burghs III. 115.
For plantatioun of ane reider in the kirk
1667 Dunblane Presb. in Butler Leighton 580.
[To] recommend his speedy plantatione … to the rycht reverend bishop

b. The action of supplying a ministerial or school charge with an incumbent. 1581 Acts III. 211/1.]
[Anent prouisioun of ministeris … at all paroche kirkis and appointing of commissioneris for ordering thairof
1607 Facs. Nat. MSS. III. lxxxvii.
Thankis [to the king] for the particular cair of plantatioune of our kirk
1617 Acts IV. 531/1.
Anent the plantatioun of kirkis
1629 S. Leith Rec. 16.
For plantatione of the schoolle
a1633 Hope Major Pract. I. 32. 1633 Old Ross-shire i. 34. 1660 St. A. Presb. 76.
To facilitate the plantation of the New Colledge
1660 Moray Synod 128.
He was … making way for the better plantation of the kirk of Duthell by the rebuilding of the edifice
1673 Alford Rec. 205.
Befor the Lord Comissioners for plantatione of kirks
1692 Pitcairne Assembly I. iii. 23.
We were speaking about plantations of kirks
1703 Rothesay Par. Rec. 172.
To look after the decreet of plantation to see if [etc.]

c. ? The foundation, establishment, institution (of a church in a certain place). 1643 Lothian and Tweeddale Synod 143.
Anent the presbytrie bein demanded anent the slighting of the plantation for erecting a new kirk

d. The letting (or ? establishment) of a concession. 1630 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 31.
Ane commissioner to meit with the burrowes at Edinburghe … tutcheing the plantatioun of a bushe fisheing

e. The equipping or fitting-out (of a building) with some requisite. 1670 Dunkeld Presb. I. 184.
A full comission … for ordering the plantation of the said kirk with desks

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