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Bote, Boit, Bot(t, n.2 Also: boite, boitt, (boith,) boyt(t; boot(t, bowt; boat(e. [e.m.E. boat(e, bote, botte, ME. bote, boot(e, midland and southern var. of bate Bate n.1, used in place of the Sc. form.]

1. A boat. Sometimes = ferry-boat.Also frequent with defining terms as drag, fery, fische, fischer, fischeing, flee, line, stane bote; see these words.(a) 1471 Edinb. Chart. 133.
Of ilk bot chargit in the havin … and in likewis of ilk bot chargit in the rade
1473 Treas. Acc. I. 45.
For a bot that brocht our Lyone herald in hast to the King
c1475 Wall. ix. 47.
Bottis was schot, and fra the roch thaim sent
1489 Treas. Acc. I. 124.
To bryng the bott fra the Blaknes
1527 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 248.
Takis, steddeinis, bottis, quhit fischyngis of the said barony
1549 Ann. Banff I. 25.
Thir ar the personis that ar devisit for the keiping of bottis
1550 Reg. Cupar A. II. 81.
Johne Campbell of the bot of Ylay
1556 Inverness B. Rec. I. 2.
The serwandis … wsand the bot on the loch
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 48.
All the galȝeonis, schippis, and bottis of Leith
1583 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 1072.
He … Lapp in a bott, and maid him boun
1587-99 Hume vii. 80.
Sa sall be seen the figoures of the flots, With fearfull flags, and weill calfuterd bots
1610 Conv. Burghs II. 303.
Ilk bott without ane tapmast, … ilk oppin bott
1632 Milne Home MSS. 199.
Four pennies of ilk bot [in] ankoraige silver
1641 Acts V. 418/1.
Thair being bot twa bottis to ilk schip
(b) 1471 Edinb. Chart. 134.
The masteris and governouris of the saidis botis
1494 Treas. Acc. I. 247.
For a bote that careit tymmyr fra the loche
1516 Reg. Privy S. I. 430/1.
To pas with his bote and bring agane lede
1533 Boece ii. vii. 71.
Rewthare … with all the folkis … passit to the botis
1539 Treas. Acc. VII. 301.
Fra the castell of Striveling to the bote at Cambuskeneth
1546 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 241.
Na maner of personis of botis or crayaris that hapnis to cum out of the south
1557 Fam. Rose 222.
We intend, … to send certane men … quha will be caryit in botis and galais
1583 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 771.
He had no will to fie a bote
1647 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 192.
We stood on still with our bote att our sterne
(c) c1475 Wall. ix. 1178.
I … the boit sall bryng yow till
1490 Treas. Acc. I. 131.
To Dave Rudman to pass to Pittinweme for a boyt
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 289/20.
His seruandis in the boite keppit him
1513 Doug. v. v. 44.
Twa syluer coppis schapyn lyke a boyt
1535 Stewart 9192.
With schip and boit, with bark and ballingair
1540 Edinb. Chart. 212.
Allegiand that thai suld have hankerage and small custome of his said boit
1552–3 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 278.
For the careing … of xxiij pece of the stanis in ane small boit
1563 Grant Chart. 129.
That nane pas out of the wattyr, nowcht be schip or boyt
To laidin his schip or boytt
a1578 Pitsc. II. 257/30.
The regent send in ane boit to Stirviling [etc.]
1603 Moysie 115.
To stay all boytes … and tak theare sailes … from thame
1615 Highland P. III. 216.
He persavis ane boit approtcheing
1637 Elgin Rec. I. 257.
To charge … Tammisone at the boitt of Skeirdurstan for trafficting with salt
1649 Lanark B. Rec. 139.
Severall of these boittis with the speit of water hes bene loist
(d) 1600-1610 Melvill 169.
The boot [being] slaw and heavie
Ib. 252.
The boott was sa heavie
1689 Melville Corr. 113.
They send out their boots and take … provisions from any ship or boott that coms up the firth
1693 Cromarty Corr. I. 94.
The drouning of the packett bowt
(e) 1613 Conv. Burghs II. 390.
The magistrat … sall caus build twa or thrie boates
1615 Highland P. III. 185.
Sum … lenchit owt thair boatis

2. Attrib. with are (oar), burde, fisching, fraucht, hire, schipping (crew), stake, teind, victuall, wrak. 1583 Edinb. Test. XIII. 115 b.
In the ȝaird sex bot airis of asche
1586 Ib. XV. 84.
Ane dossoun of boit burdis
1566 Prot. Bk. W. Cumming 89.
The myd thrid of Arkboll … with ane botfysching
1628 M. Works Acc. XXI. 16.
Payit for bot fraucht
1552–3 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 278.
For the careing and boit hyre
1538 Aberd. B. Rec. (J).
For him and his boitschipping … Ony of thaim, or ony of thair boitschipping
1601 Reg. Privy C. VI. 238.
Ane grit aik trie being the boitstaik of his boit
c 1600 Soc. Ant. XVIII. 295.
[To] the Vicarage of Dunrosnes in … bot teind
1561 Stirling B. Rec. I. 79.
The bailyie … findis that girnalit victuall nor boit victuall aucht na gait dychting
1597 Edinb. Test. XXX. 253 b.
The twa parte of ane auld schipwrak and ane auld boit wrak

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