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Auditour, Auditor, n.1 Also: au-, awdytour, awditour, additour, auditeur. [ME. auditour, e.m.E. auditor, AF. auditour (F. auditeur), L. audītor.]

1. An auditor of accounts. 1424 Acts II. 4/2.
At thir bukis be present to the kingis auditouris at Perthe
1431 Ib. 20/1.
This contribucion sal be taxit & raisit … & deliuerit to the auditouris of it
1457 Peebles B. Rec. 123.
The balyeis and the auditoris chargit … the custumaris to gyf John Donal, clark, xxti s.
1458 Ib. 130.
John Dekyson and Wylyham Bullok … beand awdytouris
1488 Lanark B. Rec. 2.
The quhilkis auditouris fyndis the rentell in the said yer …
1525 Dundee B. Laws 544.
The Dekin … sall mak compt and reknying … to the Dekin that enteris in office, and the maisteris auditouris with him
1555–6 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 362.
The compt of James Barroun, randart to the auditors undirwrittin
1584 Conv. Burghs I. 191.
That at the said day of his comptis he delyuer to the additouris … the half seill or stamp being in his possession

b. Spec. Auditouris of the chekkir or of comptis. 1450 Exch. R. V. 425.
Thir oure letterez be yhw schewin to the auditours of oure chekkare
1453 Ib. 556 n.
Thar was deliverit … be the auditouris of the cheker, vij assais of gold
1510 Reg. Privy S. I. 309/1.
That his comptis is examit be our comptrollaris, auditouris of chekker, … and fund just and lele
1535 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 69.
It is … ordanit that thir auditouris of compts abouewrittin begyn and resaif the compts of this towne
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 1534.
In his hall, cheif merschall, And auditour of his comptis all
1553–4 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 280.
The auditors of comptis underwrittin hes deligentlie vesyit the compt forsaid

c. In apposition with Lordis. 1535 Acts II. 349/1.
To be sene and considerit be the lordis auditouris gif the samin be spendit for the commoun wele of the burcht
1561 Reg. Dunferm. 449.
Lordis auditouris of chikker we greitt yow weill
1593 Acts IV. 27/1.
Gevand … commissioun to the lordis auditouris of his hienes chekker to decyd all the saidis suspensionis summarlie

2. A judicial hearer of complaints or suits. 1461 Liber Plusc. 397.
Iustice wald haif a general president, Ane auditour of complayntis of the pure
1466 Acta Aud. 5/1.
The quhilk Robert … in presens of the lordis auditouris of complaintis deponit and made faith that [etc.]
1483 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 408.
The Lordis Auditoris of Causis and Complaintis decretis and deliueris that [etc.]
1496 Acta Conc. II. 4.
Before the Lords Auditours

3. A hearer; one of an audience. c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 527.
Ȝe Auditoris, most honorable, that eris has gevin Onto this vncouth aventur
1540 Lynd. Sat. 54.
Ȝow famous auditouris [B. awditouris], Conveinit in this congregatioun
1560 Rolland Seven S. 44/37.
Euin sa of this Emprice tale, … As ȝe sall heir, gude auditour
1562-3 Winȝet I. 52/17.
Forgeing thair sermonis for the plesuir of euery auditour
1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. 24.
The auditeurs of thir new ministers
1618 Misc. Spald. C. II. 100.
The Archbishop … remembred the auditouris of your Majesties infinit benefits to the church

b. A hearer of a course of instruction. 1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 9.
The auditouris salbe diligently exercisit in verse and oration
Ib. 15.
Thair salbe xviij bursaris … sex in law, and xij auditouris in diuinite

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