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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Airschip, Areschip, n. Also: airschipe, aire-, ayrschip, airis-, airchipe, airschope, airechep, airschep, ayrschep(e; arschip, arscheip, archipe; Harschip, Hairschip, Heirschape, -scape, hear(e)ship(p).[? Alteration of Arscap n., after Air n.1 and heare, Heir(e n.2, and -ship. Heirship was app. not in Engl. use before 17th c.]

1. The state or position of an heir; succession by inheritance; heirdom. 1446 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 404.
The debatis and clame of airschipe betwix … the sonnys umquhil of Sir Williame of Forbes
1474 Acts II. 107/1.
Anent the aierschipe of movabill gudis
a1500 Henr. Fab. 790.
This foirsaid Foxe … Had not ane barne … Till airschip be Law that micht succeid
1504 Rec. Earld. Orkney 78.
We war dempt be the lawman to cum to Corgill … to mak new ayrschip to Will of Corgil langand his gyfft of fadir and modir
1520 Stirling B. Rec. 2.
That na man enter to the fredoum of the gild bot he that sall pay v li., … excep tham that enteris be airschip
c1575 Balfour Pract. 231.
Gif he hes takin or ressavit airschip of ony movabill gudis pertening to his predecessour
Ib. 234–6, etc. 1617 Colquhoun Chart. 231.
In contentatioun of his pairt of the harschip of Colquhoun
For the foirsaid hairschip

2. That which is inherited by an heir; inheritance. 1458 Peebles B. Rec. 128.
Thai vphaldand sextein markis as the stok til the barnis, in the qwhilk xvj markis the arschip is contenyt
1471 Acta Aud. 21/2.
Margret sall deliuer the Areschip that scho has pertening to the said Johne
1488 Lanark B. Rec. 4.
Thai fyndand souerte to the town the arschip salbe furthcumande to quham that efferis
c 1515 Prestwick B. Rec. 47.
The said George haid j suord of hir husbandis, the quhilk suld be arschip till hir sone
1561 Glasgow Prot. II. 94.
The haile movabile airschep quhilkis may fall … to hir
1568 Grant Chart. 288.
With … abuilȝementis of his bodie, togidder with his armour, by [= beside] the airschipe
1589 Coll. Aberd. & B. 355.
My haill insycht … to cum … to my air … as pairt and pertenent of his airischipe
c1590 Fowler I. 40/95.
And now the heareshipp [v.r. hearship] which I hawe and partage be my wyfe
1637 Haddington Mem. II. 305.
In vtenceillis and doiniceillis … by the airschipe

3. Gudes of airschip, airschip gudes, or geir, the best of certain movable goods belonging to a predecessor, to which the heir in heritage was entitled. Hence airschip clathis, hors, ox. 1482 Reg. Morton II. 244.
Full compt … of all maner … guddis of archipe
1483 in Acta Conc. II. Introd. 105.
That scho is na are to hir, and tuke neuer na maner of gudis of arscheip of the said Alisone
1511 Reg. Privy S. I. 344/2.
The landis and aireschip gudis movable pertenyng to umquhile the said Robert
1530 Edinb. B. Rec. 39.
All and sindry his movable gudis of airschip pertenand till him throw deces of his said vmquhile fader
1562 Carte Northberwic 86.
The said Jhone being seik … tuik vpone his consciens that he had na mair ayrschip geir
1567 Edinb. Test. I. 49.
Ane blak hameland hors … by [= besides] the airschipe hors
c1575 Balfour Pract. 234 (heading).
Of airschip gudis
1584 Edinb. Test. XIV. 154 b.
My sone & air to haif my armour & airschip clathis eftir my deceis
  1597 Edinb. Test. XXX. 114 b.
He leuis to his sone by his airschipe bed the wther buird bed in the loft
1622-6 Bisset II. 92/9.
The commisseris ar nocht iudges to airschip geir
Ib. 92/15.
His airschip guidis and geir
1645 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. III. 45.
The defender is intromissatrix with the airship goods and geir aboue written
1662 Irvine Mun. II. 89.
Be his wanting of his heirschape goods
Ib. 90.
Be. .their. .intromission with my moveable heirscape guids and geir falling to me be deceis of my said umquhill father

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