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Baroun, Baron, n. Also: baroune, -own(e, barroun(e, -own; barron(e, barrene. [ME. baroun, baron, early ME. barun, baron (c 1200). OF. barun, baron, late L. barōn-, baro.]

1. A baron.(a) 1375 Barb. i. 593.
Thiddir somownys he in hy The barownys of his reawté
Ib. xi. 232.
Vith othir mony gud baroune And knychtis of full gret renoune
14.. Acts I. 23/2.
Of erlys, borowmen and barounis [L. barones]
c1420 Wynt. vii. 171.
Sum … That war gret and hey persownys, Byschapys, erlys, and barownys
Ib. 2494.
That yhere thare fell gret dyscord Betwene the barownys and thare lord
?1438 Alex. ii. 233.
Cum furth, my douzeperis and my barounis
1456 Hay I. 153/6.
Suppos a baroun mak rycht were of defence agayne ane othir baroun
Ib. II. 67/21.
For the knychtis gerris the grete lordis, princis, and barouns be honourit abone the small peple
c1475 Wall. vii. 24.
Than demyt he, … How thai best mycht the Scottis barownis hang
1491 Acta Conc. 188/1.
The Archbischop of Sanctandrois Juge ordinar & baroun of Sanctandrois
1507 Grant Chart. 46.
George Erill of Rothas … and barowne off Ballynbrecht
1526 Douglas Corr. 340.
Greit menn of his realme, sik as bischoppis, erllis, barownies
1537 Lynd. Depl. Magd. 124.
The greit Lordis of the Parliament, With mony knychtlie barroun and banrent
1576 Reg. Privy C. II. 520.
Ane honest man and baroun vailyeand … mair nor twenty thowsand pundes
1570 Leslie 27.
That it suld be lesum to every prelatt, barroun and frehalder, to sett landis in few ferme
1590 Conv. Burghs I. 314.
The said Maister Thomas … be the assistance of dyueris landuert barrownis hes intruisit him selff in the office of prouestrie
1596 Dalr. I. 61/12.
In presense of that illustre and noble barroune, quha is larde of that place
1613 Highland P. III. 127.
Quhen all, boithe noble men, barrounis and gentilmen. … wer conveyned
(b) 1456 Hay I. 108/32.
Symple knychtis and baronis that ar na princis
c1475 Wall. v. 918.
Off Torthorowald he barron wes and lord
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 1274.
Of banrenttis and baronis bauld hym about
1483 Acta Conc. II. Introd. 132.
That the said schiref … summond of the barons and frehaldaris … to the noumer of xxxti or xlti persons
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 20/12.
He suld speir at … baronis & men of weir anentis reif, murthour, and stouth
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 402.
I buskit vp my barnis like baronis sonnis
1531 Bell. Boece II. 297.
Mony young and insolent baronis of Scotland
1549 Compl. 23/1.
I remembir on the cruel dolourus distructione of oure nobil barrons
a1578 Pitsc. I. 379/22.
Thair scho saw money ane lustie lord and barrone and gentillmen
1598–9 Misc. Spald. C. V. 70.
For rasing of lettres on the barronis to set cautioun for keping the vatteris in forbidden tym
1624 7th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 723/2.
I have desyred … to be made a barron
1649 Lamont Diary 2.
The Comissioners of this Kingdome … the E. of Cassells, a barron, a burges, and tuo ministers

2. Attrib. with bailȝe, burges, burgessrie, officer, serjand. 1554 Edinb. B. Rec. 205.
William Craufurd, baroun baillie to the abbot of Halyrudhous
1557 Melrose R. Rec. III. 153.
The said supprior … gaif expres command and charge to Thome Davidsoun, barroun serjeand … to charge [etc.]
1562 Inverness B. Rec. I. 77.
Be resson the said land is barron burgessis land
1578 Ib. 263.
Adhering to the libertie and priwilege of hir hous of barroun burgessrie
1586 Edinb. Test. XV. 139 b.
Iohn Robertsone, barroun bailȝe and burges of the cannogait
1655 Stitchill Baron Ct. 6.
[The Court] authorises his barroun officer to poynd … the failȝiers thairfor
1665 Ib. 35.
John Lowry, barroun officer

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