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Admirall, n. Also: admarall, admerall, admyrall, admirale. [ME. admiral (c 1205), variant of Amerale.]

1. An admiral. 1450 Aberd. B. Rec. 19.
Thai ordane that the admiral deputis sal … keip the forsaid Duche mennys schip, gudes, and fracht in souertee
1495 Acta Conc. 417/1.
Lord Halis gret admirall of Scotland
1497 Aberd. B. Rec. 65.
Our saide admirale … and all vtheris our admirallis
1523 Edinb. B. Rec. 212.
Thai materis pertenit ay to the admirall and na vther juge
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 94.
As thay passit be Ireland Coist, The Admirall gart land his Oist
a1578 Pitsc. I. 255/25; etc.
The king … maid the Lord Hammilltoun … captane and great admerall, and maid the lorde Flemeing wice admerall
1622-6 Bisset II. 199/7.
Neptun … wes maid admirall of the sea be his father Saturnus
Ib. 205/7; etc.
Admirall of Scotland and his Jurisdictioun

b. Attrib. with court, law, wache. 1493 Acta Conc. 290/2.
Personis quhilkis past apoun the assise in a pretendit admirall court
1535 Reg. Privy S. II. 254/1.
Oure courtis of lieutenandry, wardanery, admarall courtis
1622-6 Bisset II. 199/1.
Of admirall and seæ lawes
Ib. 218/1.
Tyme of halding of admirall courtis
Ib. 218/15.
Quhen the admirall weche sal be set
1633 Acts V. 48/1.
To reveis and pervse the haill admirall and chamberlane lawes
1684 Decis. Lords 310.
How far the Lords of Session may still advocate causes from the Admiral-court

c. Admirall-deput, a deputy admiral. 1641 Dundee Chart. 54.
Due, lawful, and undoubtit Admirall-Deputts within the said burgh

2. An emir or prince.Rendering F. amiral and amirant. The form is prob. the printer's (c 1580), for almeral or ameral. ?1438 Alex. i. 1793.
The Admarall of Eskaloun
Ib. ii. 1466.
Duke or Admerall or King of micht

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