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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).

Requisitio(u)n(e, n. Also: requisic-; requesit-. [e.m.E. requisition (1503), F. réquisition (c1160 in Larousse), L. requīsītion-, n. of action f. requīrere Requer(e v.]

1. The action of requesting or requiring; a request; a demand. 1532–3 Bk. Dunvegan 71.
The said lord desirit at me to proceid in the caus. … The quhilk requisitione beand justlie considerit and consonant to reasoun … causit ane inquist
1566 Reg. Privy C. I 485. 1647 Galloway P. 21 May.
[They are] to attend him fyfteine dayes upon the said nobill lord his requesitioun

2. The action of formally requiring a person to carry out an action, fulfil an obligation, etc. b. specif. A formal demand made by a creditor that a debt be paid.Also, ? a written document setting forth such requirement.a. (1) 1497–8 Acta Conc. II 106.
And … the sade Jhone being requirit as sade is that requisicione, wrang or falt being made be the sade Jhone … and being previt before ane competent jug, … [he] oblisis him til pay [etc.]
1532 Grey Friars 227.
Thai war of new requirit be our soverane lordis letters to deliver him againe to the said brethir. Quhilkis chargis and requisiciouns thai alwayis dissobeit
1549 Lamb Resonyng 165/12.
I find nouthir in ȝour buik nor be ȝour-selff that jcxxij ȝeiris afoir nemmit wes ony requisitioun of homage maid be ȝour kyngis
1553 Reg. Privy C. I 149.
Quhairof as yit thair can be na redres had for na requisitioun that the Wardane of Scotland can mak
1561 St. A. Kirk S. 137.
And to cal to remembrance quhat thai knaw and hes hard toward the requisicion of Mr. Thomas publicle and particularle
1569 Reg. Privy C. II 61.
The commandement and requisitioun of the minster [sic], elders and deaconis of the Kirk of Air
1572–3 Ib. 192.
Alexander … requirit and desyrit him to entir the said Maister Thomas … eftir his requisitioun or … to … pay [etc.] … as ane instrument takin be … Alexander upoun his said requisitioun … mair fullelie proportis
1580 Ib. III 305.
To mak the same ready patent, and to deliver it agane … upoun requisitioun
1587 Ib. IV 170.
It wes inquirit of the said Maister Petir [Blaikburne] for quhat caus refusit he to pray for the preservatioun of his majesteis darrest moder upoun the Sabboth day nixt eftir his requisitioun
1589 Ib. 439.
A grant maid at thair requisitioun be the foirsaidis king and regentis
a1633 Hope Major Pract. I 193.
Found ane requisition null becaus the procuratorie wes not read
(2) 1501 Acta Conc. III 20.
Togiddir with the instrument of requisicione quhilk scho refusit made tharapone
1521–2 Fife Sheriff Ct. 249.
As ane actentik instrument of requisicione maid tharupone … proportit
1611 Scrymgeour Invent. 47.
Procuratorie of requisitioun … to requyre the laird of Erlishall to ressave iijc merkis for redemptioun of the … landis of Kowbaikie
b. 1559–60 Soc. Ant. XI 525.
For … scho was oft tymes in vehement seiknes … quhen dew requisitioun couth nocht be maid
a1633 Hope Major Pract. I 140.
Ane woman heretrix might be oblidged to ane clause of requisition in ane contract of wodsett
1665 Decis. Lords G. 94.
There being a clause of requisition whereby after the death of Sir William, John has power to require the 8000 merks with consent of his mother liferentrix; and before his death he did require, but not with her consent, and upon the requisition he did charge
The infeftment … stands in the same force as if requisition had not been used nor could the requirer have compelled the debitor to pay upon caution
1670 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I 237.
The principall soum being payable upon requisitione
1672 Justiciary Ct. Rec. II 71.
Tho the pannell had requisition of his money yet he could not assure himself of it … because … there were no cautioners for requisition
1681 Stair Inst. ii i § 4.
But requisition on a charge will make sums, which were heritable by infeftment or destination, moveable
Ib. x § 22.
Wadsets are also taken off by premonition or requisition, requiring the sums upon which the wadset is granted, which makes the sums moveable, and the infeftment of wadset void. … Requisition requires also the same solemnities that premonition requires

3. Solicitousness, concern. 1526 Douglas Corr. 114.
Thanking ȝoure excellence thareof, and of ȝoure requisicioune, gude and gracius counsale, ȝe have schewin in ȝoure saidis lettres … and sall … observe ȝoure hienes counsale and requisicioune
Ib. 115.
Quhareby I knaw and as wele apperis be ȝoure gude counsale and requisicioune mencionate in ȝoure lettres the … respect ȝe have to my soverane

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