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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).

Soll, adj. Also: sole, soul(e, seule. [ME and e.m.E. sool(e (1418), sole (1520), ME also soul(e (Chaucer), OF soul(e, sol(e, L. sōlus alone.]

1. Of a right, etc.: Vested in one person; exclusive. 1490 Irland Mir. III 73/12.
And thame that ar wertuis and clene … he resauis to his mercy and gevis thame soule remissioun
1553 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. I 149.
Roben Ranken is rentaillit in iiij s. ix d. land of Kenmur, be the consent of Alexander Wod, quha hes the soll kindnes thairof
1679 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Reg. H.) 3 July.
With power to him to mak seule [? use] of the movable gear and cropt

2. Of persons or things: One and only. 1662 Paterson Ayr & Wigton III 195.
Since he was their lawfully called and soul pastor
1669 Edinb. Test. LXXIV 3b.
I … nominat … my daughter my only executrix and soll legatrix
1675 Edinb. B. Rec. X 212.
The Duike of Lawderdaille his Majesties soll secretary for this kingdome
1677 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. III 101.
Sr. Richard Maitland … to be conjunct shirreff deput with Mr. John Forbes … and after his deceas sole deput
1681 Acts VIII 357/1.
His majesty … doeth declare that the Lyon is and shall be sole judge
1685 Brechin Test. VII 139b.
I nominat … my loveing wife my sole & only executrix
1689 Leven & Melv. P. 201.
Not only the bussines of a soll secretarie will be quareled, but why he cam to take upon him to settell the government of Scotland without … the opinion of his parliament
1697 Laing MSS 485.
Which the other will not for the soll reasone I have said

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