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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).

Prebendar, n. Also: -are, -air, -er, prebander; Premander. [Sc. form corresp. to late ME and e.m.E. prebendarie (1422), -ary, med. L. prebendarius.]

1. The holder of a prebend.

a. Orig., a canon of a cathedral or a collegiate church who drew his revenues from a prebend. b. Latterly also applied to any person who held the title to, and enjoyed the emoluments of, a prebend.Const. as Prebend n. 1. c1420 Wynt. ix 2977.
Nocht clerkis of rent, bot temporale men, Nocht benefiste men, na prebendaris Off the kyrke, na off chapiteris
1456 Hay I 152/17.
For as is usit amang the chanounis prebendaris of Paris, that suppos he be seke [etc.]
1496–7 Acta Conc. II 69.
Jhone Lindissay protestit that because the provest and prebendaris of the Trynite College besyde Edinburgh gert call him [etc.]
1504 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 99.
1507 Reg. Privy S. I 224/1. 1508 Ib. 270/1.
M. William Balȝe, doctor in medicine and prebendare of Provand
1509 Ib. 285/2. 1511–12 Treas. Acc. IV 181.
For offerand to the prebendaris first mise of Striveling
1525 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 223.
To pay … to the prebendaris of Corstorphin for thair pensioun and annuell of the Witsounday terme
1539 Goudie Shetl. Antiq. 143. 1544 Reg. Soltre 111. 1554 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. VII 48. 1558 Treas. Acc. X 345.
Schir Archibald Ewein, prebendar in Restalrig
1559–60 Edinb. Old Acc. I 306. 1564 Peebles B. Rec. I 297. 1568 Liber Coll. Glasg. Pref. lxxxiii.
The prebendaris … of the forsaidis beneficeis altaragis and chaiplanreis ar appointit to jois and vplift the proffitis … of the samyn
1570–1 Canongate Ct. Bk. 297.
The prebendar of Alhallow altar
1572 Peebles B. Rec. I 339. 1574 Hist. Kinloss A. 95. 1578 Reg. Soltre 139. 1578 Rec. Earld. Orkney 354.
1579–80 Reg. Privy C. III 274.
Quhilkis sumtyme pertenit … to the prebendareis of the choir of the metropolitane kirk and new kirk of Glasgw
1581 Burne Disput. in 1573-1600 Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 170/22.
Betuix the … gukkit prioris … and the pretland prebendaris
1583 Reg. Soltre 238.
The provest and prebenderis chaptourlie gaiderrit … aggreit [etc.]
1598 Liber Coll. Glasg. Pref. lxxv. 1599 Edinb. B. Rec. V 252.
The rent of the … kirk apperteynis to the provest and certane prebendaris and beidmen of the Trinity College
1612 Prot. Bk. W. Leslie 5.
Johne Duff of Maldawet present prebendar of Cullan
1617 Acts IV 554/1.
His hienes being maist willing to restore the said sea and bischoprick of the Yles … statutes … that … the persone of Sorbie … salbe deane; the persone of Rothesay salbe subdene; the persone of Kilmorie in Arrane [be] ane prebendar; the persone of Cumrie ane prebendar [etc.]
c1630 Hope Minor Pract. (1726) 22. 1641 Acts V 461/1.
The saidis rentes … wer in vse to be payed to the chaiplandis or prebenderes
1647 Ayr Chart. 163. 1698 Discharge in Atholl MSS. 44 IV A 1.
I Elizabeth Menȝies … tutrix testamentar to John Stewart my eldest lawfull sone prebander of Inchmagranochin, grants me to have receaved … the soume of tuenty four pound Scots payable to my said sone as prebander forsaid furth of the towne & lands of Inchmagranochin

c. comb. and attrib. 1489 Acta Conc. I 121/2.
Distrubling of Sir Thomas Ȝoung vicare prebend of Brechin in the … vptakin of the froitis teindis and dewiteis of the said kirk and vicarage prebender
1653 Peebles B. Rec. II 12.
The fornameit persones to revise … the tounes registers anent the prebendar, burgage, and few dueties payable out of the burro landis
1660 Cullen B. Rec. 21 Jan.
The landis belonging to the Earle of Findlater callit the prebendar land at the south

2. ? A prebend. = Prebend n. 1. 1692 Misc. B. Rec. 129.
Ther is a mortificatione of some small prebenders and the teind fish and lint of the burgh

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