Show Search Results Show Browse

A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations & symbols Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XII).

Wedsettar, -er, Wodset(t)er, Wadsettar, -er, n. Also: vodsetter, woodset(t)er. [Wedset(t v.] a. One who puts his land, etc. in pledge, one who gives his land in wedsett.The first quot. may belong in b.a. 1595 Prot. Bk. T. Lindsay 273a.
Allane Lokert … assignay speciallie constitut to redeme the saides annuelrentis be Robert Boyde in Clerkland wedsettar of the samyn than being heritour thairof
1623 Durie Decis. 43.
Mr. John … defended against the removing by vertue of a wodset infeftment given to him of the lands … The lords found that the infeftment became extinct … in so far as … he had comprised the reversion of the same lands which he had in wodset of before from the wodsetter; with certain other lands for the same sum for which the wodset was granted to him
b. 1633 Misc. Spald. C. III 71.
The book of the annualrentaris and wedsettaris within the schirefdome of Abirdein
c1650 Spalding I 288.
1655 Grant Chart. 243.
To give … our bodilie service … as the other gentlemen wedsettarres … does
(b) 1603–4 Rec. Earld. Orkney 176.
Robert Smyddie, present occupyar of the samen, and Nicholl Sinclair, wodsetter of the samen
1650 Strathbogie Presb. 146.
1665 Decis. Lords G. 101.
The wodseter, or compriser of the wodset, should put the granter of the wodset upon his payment of his money
1670 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. III 148.
Wee, being informed that the quaikers … did latly meit at Pettismilne in a tenents house belonging to Sir Jon Keith, doe authorise … yow … to seize … the woodsetter or tenent at Pettismilne
1670 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. MS 4 Oct.
All heretors wodsetterris and possessors within burgh to remove … stones
1673 Rothesay B. Rec. 248.
We the heretors woodseters tenents and other inhabitants within the brugh of Rothesay
1684–5 Dumfr. & Galloway Soc. 3 Ser. XXXVI 171.
1685 Decis. Lords F. 79.
Plague and war … which the wodsetter was lyable to, and had no relief from the granter of the wodset
1686 Misc. Spald. C. V 234.
Ordening all hearitors, lyffrenters, proper wodsetters, and all wthers … to causs thair tennants [etc.]
1690 Acts IX 236/2.
Where any houses are not inhabited that the said hearth money shall be payed by the heretor liferenter or proper wodsetter
1691 Brechin Test. VIII 53a.
James Guthrie woodsetter
(c) 1671 M. P. Brown Suppl. Decis. II 543.
An action … against a proper wadsetter, for repayment of the superplus of the mails and duties of the lands given in wadset, more than will perfect the annualrent of the sum whereon the wadset is made redeemable
1678 Fountainhall Decis. I 6.
The Lords found a liferentrix might cut trees for necessary uses. … If a wadsetter may do as much? I think he may
1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. i xxiv 4 (1699) 122.
The wadsetter runs all hazard of the lands wadset to him
1681 Stair Inst. ii x § 3.
That the reversion shall be effectual not only against the first wadsetter … but all his successors in the wadset lands
1681 Stair Inst. ii x § 9.
If the person having right to the reversion offer surety and demand possession, the wadsetter must quit possession [etc.]
1681 Stair Inst. ii x § 9.
Proper wadsetters
1683 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Reg. H.) 2 Jan.
Item [due] by Sussanna Reid … aire to the deceist John Reid … wadsettar of the Kirkland of Partoune … for his entres
1684 Cramond Ch. Grange 44.
The heritours, wadsetters and liferenters, were advertised to pay a merk the plough towards the repairing the fabrick of the kirk
1698 Misc. 3 Spald. C. II 103.
Captain James Menzies tutor of Weims is land lord baillie heretor owner or wadsetter of the landis

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Wedsettar n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 14 Aug 2022 <>



Hide Advanced Search

Browse DOST: