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Alswele, Alsweill, adv. Also: alsweil(e, -ueill, alsweyll, -ueyll, alseweill; alsweal(e, -weall, -weel; alswyl, -wille; alswel, als(e)well. [Als adv., Wele adv., written as one word.]

1. Alswele as, as well as, as much as, to the same extent as, etc. 14.. Acts I. 22/2.
And alsua of this alswele as of othir he … sall be demit be his peris
1456 Hay I. 177/30.
He aw to be haldin free of passage alswele as of his come
a1500 Seven S. 2660.
He fed the ravyn … quhill it couth fle, And help the self alswele as he
1509 Reg. Privy S. I. 296/1.
Thai calseand and makand the said streit agane alswele as it wes of before
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2060.
Than wes he king of Caldea, Alsweill as of Asseria
a1578 Pitsc. I. 26/7.
It is supponit he thocht … to haue had sum reull in the realme alsweill as ony vtheris
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 698.
For they ar the stayer Of vs, alsweill as he
1607 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI 109.
Your maiestye vho knoues vs both alsueyll as our selfis doe
1644 Aberd. B. Rec. 18.
The counsell … ordanes ane watch to be keipit be day allsweill as nichtlie

b. With intervening words, alswele … as. 1398 Acts I. 212/1.
All gudis, catale & landys alswele demayn as other landis
Alswele beyhond the see as on this side
1456 Hay I. 232/20.
Thus may he tak alswele the sone as the fader
1470 Liber Aberbr. 162.
Alsweil and in syklyk vyis as we are oblisit to pay
1558-66 Knox II. 29.
Gif I war alsweill disposed to accuse, as some of thame … have declaired thame selfis
1596 Dalr. I. 20/26.
Foules and sik kynde of beistes as leiue alsweil be water as be land
1622-6 Bisset II. 101/30.
The actioun … may be defended alsweill be ane as twa

c. Used to denote equality between, or equal inclusion of, two things, and passing into the sense of ‘both … and’. 1386 Bk. Carlaverock II. 418.
Alswele vndir erde as abone
1405 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 200.
The lordeschip of Caueris with the pertinencis alswele of auld as of new
1422 Stirlings of Keir 208.
Alswel nocht nemnyt as nemnyt, alswel undyr erde as abown, alswel far as nere
1442 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 8.
Al the communytie, alsweile vnfree as free men
1472 Edinb. Chart. 138.
Alswele the outeburges and occupiaris of the fredome … as induellaris and inhabitantis thareof
1509 Rec. Earld. Orkney 83.
Alsweyll nocht neymitt as nemytt
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 4206.
All erthly Regionis, Alsweill maine land as Ylis in the sey
1573 Tyrie Cath. Tr. 21/24.
Alsueill in scripturis as in histories, antiquities, and all kynd of writtars
1631 Misc. Spald. C. II. 226.
The Constable is supreame iudge … alswele within the court as outwith the same
1641 Peebles B. Rec. 104.
All sort of merchandice, alseweill strainge merchandice as of these within the cuntrie
1663 Conv. Burghs III. 568.
Alsweall becaus he wes not provydit with ane foot mantill … as because [etc.]
1666 Melrose R. Rec. II. 162.
[Corn] alsewell growing as imbrought

d. Followed by and. 1447 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 15.
The said counsaile has … concludit that alsweil the feit chaplaynis and the feft chaplaynis sall be rewlyt … be the sight of the alderman and counsaile

2. (Without as.) Equally. 1456 Hay I. 240/35.
Sen he mon bere his part of the payne, he sulde bere alswele his part of the prouffit
1567 Sat. P. iii. 130.
O ȝe that to our Kirk hes done subscriue, Thir Ecanis try alsweill traist I [ȝe] may

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