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Coket, Coquet, Cocket, n. Also: cokete, cokket; cockett, -it; cocquet(t, -quheit, cokquet(e, cockequet; coquett, -eit(t, -ete, -it. [ME. and AF. coket (1293), of obscure origin.]

1. The distinctive seal of the custom house, or a document sealed with this and delivered to a merchant as evidence of having satisfied the requirements of the customs. 1327 Exch. R. I. 78.
[Per coketam custumariorum de Cupro
Ib. 79.
Per tres coketas de Dunfermeline
Ib. 118.
Pro factura vnius cokete ad burgum de Tarbard
1332 Ib. 425.
Per custodiam … custodum coketi dicti burgi
1393 Acts I. 581/1.
Volumus … quod ipsi religiosi [monasterii de Melros] et eorum successores imperpetuum habeant duo folia cokete ad custumandum lanas suas
1490 Glasgow Chart. I. ii. 84.]
Quod … super hujusmodi mercanciis et bonis … cokketas dari faciant
(a) 1474 Acts II. 106/2.
That the custummaris sall or thaj gif the coket till ony schip tak souerte and borovis of ilk a merchande for the hame bringyne of bulȝeon
1488 Ib. 209/1.
That the said strangearis by na fisch bot saltit & barrellit … at fre burrowis, & thar pay thar dewitez & custummez & tak thar cokket as efferis
1506 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I. 109.
That na skipperis … saill … with thair schippis chargit with ony merchandice or guidis quhill the samin be lelely enterit to yow our saidis customeris, and the cokket thairof deliuerit to thame and entred
1670 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. III. 177.
We have discharged all … clerkes to our cocketts from receaving enteresses or granting of coketts for any … fishes to be exported
(b) 1516 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 163.
The claith … of the quhilk thai haif the coquet to schaw that thai haue payit thair dewteis and custome
1528 Acta Conc. MS. XXXVIII. 172.
Our sele of coqueit
1535 Reg. Privy S. II. 257/1.
That thare coquetis be admittit in all uthiris our burrowis siclik as in our burgh of Edinburgh
1538 Treas. Acc. VI. 441.
Iohne Patersoun … to bring the lard of Anstruthiris sonne for the falsing of ane coquete
1557 Admir. Ct. Bk. 14 b.
Ane schip being apprehendit without thair coqueit, sey breif, or testimoniale
1561 Reg. Privy C. I. 175.
In respect of the clerkis buke, billis and coquet being fund and apprehendit in the schip libellit
1571 Acts III. 60/1.
That na schippis pas furth of this realme … without our souerane lordis coquet
1574 Conv. Burghs I. 27.
It is thocht gude … that all schippis passing to the pairtis foirsaidis haif for thair warrand the coquet of the burgh or poirt quhairfra thay pas
1641 Stirling Chart. 122.
That they … tak thair coquetis thair befoir thair departure
1643 Tulliallan Coal Wks. 7 b.
Peyitt for custome of the foirsaid … small collis, and peyitt for 4 coqeittes
1659-60 Hay Diary 41.
I gave him his coquet
(c) 1565 Reg. Privy C. I. 334.
The said Conservatour sall serche … all maner of gudis uncustumat and nocht contenit in the cocqueit
1572 Ib. II. 141.
In … Aprile last [he] wes departit furth of the said watter … without custum or schawing of cocquet
1586 Conv. Burghs I. 227.
That the clerkis … bring and produce … thair cocquettis and cocquet buikis … befoir the Commissioners … and mak compt … of the guids that thai haue gevein cocquet vpoun
1597 Acts III. 137/2.
Quhatsumeuir gudis that is not contenit in the cocquet to be confiscat
1641 Acts V. (1817) 508/2.
That all cocquetis to be givin furth within the regalitie of St Androis … be … grantit be Johne lord Lyndsay and his deputts cocquet keipers
(d) 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 19.
Diuerse schippis past thairto without the said cokquet
1591 Reg. Privy C. IV. 652.
We … commandis na schip to lois till they haue deliverit thair cokquet and entres to the Conservatour
1609 Haddington Corr. 219.
The Bischop of Santandrois … acclamed … your Maiesties custumes and cokquet of Santandrois
1613 Melrose P. I. 102.
Takismen … may … infinitelie preiuge your maiesties commoditie … be geuing cokquets to merchands of thair custumes payed to thame
1640 Acts V. 295/1.
Warrand concerneing the cockquets within the Regalitie of St Androis … The Lord Lindesay … to supplie euerie thing both anent the seale and name of directione of cockequetis
(e) 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 19.
Ane proclamatioun maid in France, … that na schipp … of Scotland resort within the … hevines of the samyne … , without the quenis cocket hade
1619 Haddington Corr. 223.
When they haue giuen vp their cocket and entrie and payed their custume
1666 Glasgow Chart. II. 64.
That … the said towne of Glasgow and merchands therin … should aryve at ther brugh, make entries and take cockits ther [etc.]
1683 New Mills Manuf. 46.
George Home … to enquire anent the cocketts of Thomas Wiers shipp at his last parting from London

2. Clerk of the coket, an officer having charge of the seal and authorized to issue customs documents. 1365 Acts David II c. 39.
Sit ibi clericus ad tronam, qui … potest conuenienter esse clericus coketæ regis
1451 Reg. Episc. Brechin II. 315.
We hafe gravntit trone to be erekkit in thair cite vith custumaris and clerk of cocket
1490 Glasgow Chart. I. ii. 83.
Quod … ordinent custumarium, tronatorem, et clericum cokkete in eadem [civitate]
1511 Reg. Privy S. I. 337/2.
The tak of the grete custumis … with power … deputis, clerkis of coketis, tronaris and all uther officiaris neidfull to create and mak under him
1513 Ib. 381/2.
Ane lettre maid to David Pantar, makand him clerk of the coquete of the burgh of Montros
1528 Acta Conc. MS. XXXVIII. 172.
The office of the clerk of cokquete of our burgh of Perth
1542 Reg. Privy S. II. 696/2.
The gift of the office of the clerk of cokete of the said burgh
1571 Reg. Privy C. II. 88.
That the custumar and clerk of the cokquet on na wyise grant ony cocquet quhill the merchandis … have … gevin the said ayth
1582 Conv. Burghs I. 160.
The saidis customaris sall alwayis concur with the clarkis and keparis of the coquettis
1592 Ib. 379.
Ane suplicatioun … for ordour taking with the extortioun vsit be the clerkis of coquitis, in taking of sic dewtie as they plais

3. Attrib. and comb. with buke, keiper, money, office, seill. 1567 Acts III. 42/2.
That na kepar of coquet seill absent him self or withhald the coquet, the schip being reddy
1584 Conv. Burghs I. 194.
The commissioneris … ordanis William Macartney … to sie ane half seill new maid of perfyte tyn, … according to the quantitie of the coquett seil
1584 Edinb. Test. XIV. 89 b.
The compt of the custoumes of Achesones hevin … conforme to the coquett buke
1586 Conv. Burghs I. 227.
That the clerkis … bring and produce … thair cocquettis and cocquet buikis … befoir the Commissioners
1641 Acts V. 508/2.
Johne lord Lyndsay and his deputts cocquet keipers
1670 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. III. 177.
All vessells imployed in the said trade, to be frie of all shoare dues, customes, excyse, cockett money [etc.]
1671 Ib. 415.
A petition … shewing that … the petitioner hath right to the cokquet office of St. Andrewes

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