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Alswa, Alsua, adv. Also: allswa, -sua; alsswa, -sua; alsway, alsuay. [ME. (latterly northern) al swa (al sway), ONhb. allsuá (allsuǽ), OE. (WS.) eall swá even so. The sense of ‘in addition’ also occurs in ME. before 1400. See All adv. and Swa adv.] Even so; in the same way; in addition, further, also.(a) a1400 Leg. S. Prol. 118.
Thai raisit dede men to lyff, … Thai restoryt thame allswa Fra schenschepe of oure felone fay
1387 Edinb. Chart. 35.
Alswa betwene the chapellys [to be] guteryt with hewyn stane
1409 Exch. R. IV. p. ccx.
Alswa gif thar happynnis ony … riot … thai sal lelily do thair power … to ger it be stanchit
c1420 Wynt. ii. 85.
Alexandyr, that wyth hys mycht Wane Mede and Pers, and Ynde allswa
1450 Reg. Great S. 84/1.
Full powar … tenandis to charge, gressummys alswa to raise and to ressave
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 39/13.
Allswa, & fasting be meritour, it has mony frutis
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 375.
For obiectum and subiectum alsswa, He war expert couth fynd me termys twa
Ib. iv. i. 87.
Ȝondir the desert region alsswa
1567 G. Ball. 48.
Thay man sched out my blissit blude, And reif alswa my lyfe fra me
1570 Sat. P. xiv. 79.
Sa sall all blyithnes be abhorde, Quhill his reuenge be alswa knawin
(b) 1375 Barb. i. 399.
Ector had blak har as he had, … And wlispyt alsua as did he
1387 Edinb. Chart. 35.
Alsua tha ylk men sal mak in ylk chapel … a window. … Alsua the chapel sal be voutyt
1409 Exch. R. IV. p. ccxi.
Alsua it is accordit fullily … that [etc.]
c1420 Wynt. i. 739.
In to that land thare is alsua A best thai call Cenocrata
1457 Peebles B. Rec. 119.
The perlyn of the hal, alssua a met amri and wessal ammari
1491 Treas. Acc. I. 168.
Alsua he chargis him with [5610] li. be composicionis [etc.]
1513 Doug. vii. xiii. 83.
A quavir clos scho bair alssua
1533 Gau 5/6.
Alsua thay suld leir chrissine faith
1562-3 Winȝet I. 121/22.
Admittand and commandand alsua the dochtiris of Salphaad to eniose … thare fatheris haeretage
(c) 1449 Lanark & R. 171.
Alsway that nan of yhou said burrows … tak tol or custum be watter or land
1535 Stewart 58635.
Thomas Dumbar the gude erle of Murray, And of Angus the nobill erle alsway
1539 Reg. Cupar A. II. ii.
Alsway the saidis … sall put our … takkis to all possible pollecy thai may
1549 Ib. 60.
Providing alsway that [etc.]

b. Following immediately upon and. 14.. Acts I. 22/2.
And alsua [L. et tam] of this alswele as of othir he … sall be demit be his peris
1456 Hay I. 19/30.
And allssua be that he schewe in him twa willis
c1450 Cr. Deyng 218.
And alsua he suld be examynit in the article of the treuth
c1550 Rolland C. Venus i. 461.
Thow knawis veill and alswa sa do I
a1578 Pitsc. I. 2/9.
Maister Johne Mair … and alsua Schir Dauid Lyndesay of the Mont

c. Nocht only … bot alswa. 1558-66 Knox II. 71.
Yitt was sche compellit not onlie to heir … bot alssua sche was constraineit [etc.]
1573 Tyrie in Cath. Tr. 15/9.
Quhilk dois nocht onlie comprehend the toun of Rome bot alsuay the haill warld
1591 Misc. Spald. C. III. 157.
[Thai] not onlie haue delapidat … the common good, … bot alswa hes put away the few grassum siluer

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