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Alquhare, Alquhair, adv. Also: alquhar, alqwhar, alquhayr, alwhair, alwhare; all quhar, all quhair, all whair, allvhar, -uhar. [All a. and Quhare adv., corr. to the rare ME. and e.m.E. al-, all-where.]

1. Everywhere.(a) a1400 Leg. S. xxvii. 673.
Thu tak on hand To … preche godis word alquhare
Ib. xxix. 559.
To sek sir placydas alquhare
c1450-2 Howlat 551.
The Dowglas in thai dayis, douchty all quhar
1513 Doug. x. Prol. 80.
Of the byrnand low … Perpetualy suld heit haue sprung alquhar
1567 G. Ball. 96.
So sall thy vertew knawin be alquhair
1573 Sat. P. xlii. 561.
To preiche at sindrie kirkis all quhair, Passing from place to place
1574 Davidson Three Reformers 112.
When al-quhare men understude [etc.]
(b) 1574 Davidson Three Reformers 121.
For Robert had ane use al-whare, with God to be familiare
1585 James VI Ess. 17.
Trumpets cleir do craue The pelmell chok with larum loude alwhair
1602 Colville Parænese 45.
If vee suld grant that Heresie ver allvhar as the veritie is alluhar
1609 Garden Garden 27.
To reape the fruites … Whairwith the plaine is now orespread alwhair
Id. Elphinstoun 450.
As his fame throw France, And all whair, famous flew

2. Our alquhare, over all, everywhere. 1375 Barb. viii. 414.
The erll of Lennax als wes thar, That with the kyng wes our all quhar
a1500 Henr. Robin & M. 100.
The grene woid [is] rycht neir ws by, To walk attour all quhair
a1500 Bk. Chess 2039.
In lyk manere he [the king] movis our all quhar
1513 Doug. ii. vii. 19.
Cruel womenting occupyit euery steid, Our alquhar dreid, our alquhar wo and cayr
1535 Stewart 23663.
The cruell dartis … The dais licht abumbrit ouir all quhair
c1568 Lauder Min. P. i. 499.
Your filthy Harlotrie, It is so knawin our alquhair, oppinlie
1590 Reg. Privy C. IV. 479.
Alsweill in the courte as ouer allquhair the dominionis of the Croun of Denmark

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