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College, -age, -edg(e, n. Also: colage, collai(d)ge, coledge, colleig. [ME. college, -age, colege, -age, etc. (late 14th c.), OF. college, L. collēgium.]

1. A society or corporation of ecclesiastics; the place or residence occupied by these.(a) c1420 Wynt. vi. 1019.
Intill oys the Pape had ay, Wyth the Collage throwch the towne To gang intill processyowne
15.. Clar. iv. 2416.
For noyise of organis all the collage rang
1544 Reg. Soltre .
To mak daylye seruice and resedens in the sayd collage and queir
(b) 1456 Hay I. 29/17.
The college of prelatis, and otheris falowis and nychbouris of the kirk
Ib. 146/15.
In distribucioun of wagis in collegis is nocht gevin bot to thame that resydis
c1450-2 Howlat 201.
Thai … airly will rys To kepe the college cleine, and the clergye
1491 Cart. St. Nich. Aberd. I. 255.
Nay chaplane of the College nor vtouthe
1497 Treas. Acc. I. 328.
To the preistis of the College, to say tua trentalis of messis for the King
a1586 Maitland Geneal. Setoun 30.
He … foundit the colledg thairof; and the personage betuixt the prouost and the prebendaris

2. An association of scholars; an educational college. c1420 Wynt. viii. 1519.
In the Unyversyté Off Oxynfurde scho gert be A Collage fwndyt
1563 Mun. Univ. Glasg. I. 67.
Forsamekile as within the citie of Glasgow ane College and Vniuersitie was devisit to be hade quhairin the youthe micht be brocht vp in letres and knawlege
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 6.
The ordinar expensis of the College of humanitie
Ib. 8.
That quhilk is red in thys college sal nocht be red in otheris
a1578 Pitsc. I. 112/33.
In the same ȝeir [1454] the colledge of Glasgow was foundit
1582 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 148.
For beiring the standart laidder … furth of the collaige to the new kirk
1583 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 305.
That maister Duncane Nairn be resauet for the present secund maister in thair College
1596 Dalr. II. 281/22.
A ȝouth … brocht vp in the Frenche colledge
1635 Mun. Univ. Glasg. I. 253.
The collaidge of Glasgow
1659 Elgin Rec. II. 291.
Thomas Couban gave in ane bill supplicating the sessione that they vold behelpe him because he was goeing to the coledge
attrib. a1578 Pitsc. II. 89/16.
The Frenchemen … montit artailȝe on the colledg stepill

3. The College of Justice, the body of judges (the Lords of Council and Session) and other persons composing the supreme court of justice.On the history and constitution of the College see Erskine Inst. i. iii. § § 12–17. ‘The appellation … is not confined to the judges, but includes advocates, clerks of session, writers to the signet, and other members of court, as they are enumerated in an act of sederunt, Feb. 23. 1687’; Ib. § 17. 1540 Acts II. 371/1.
The kingis grace … ratifyis and apprevis for him and his successouris the institutioun of his college of Iustice and actis maid thareapoun ar rycht proffitable to his grace
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. clxxiv. 31.
And syne gar call the college of Iustyis … And try the caus off lawe the langsumnes
Ib. 53.
It pertenis to thi maiestie This college to wppe hald or lat it doin
1622-6 Bisset I. 88/19.
The first erectioun, and institutioun, of the college of iustice, … faithfullie translated out of Lating … into vulgare Scottis langaige
Ib. 91/5.
That the said college of iustice salbe constitute of guid and lerned men [etc.]
1681 Nairne Peerage Evid. (1874) 14.
Sir Robert Nairne … one of the senators of the Colledge of Iustice
1701 Decis. Lords title-p.
Decisions from July 1661 to July 1666, observ'd by Sir John Gilmour … , President of the Colledge of Justice

4. The body of Roman tribunes. 1533 Bell. Livy I. 259/13.
Aulus Virginius, the principall man of the colleig of tribunis

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