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Elemosinar, Elimosinar, n. Also: ele-, elimosinare; eleemosynar, -mozinar, elie-, elyemosinar; elimozinar(e, -moysinar, elymosinar, -mosyner. [OF. elemosinaire, med. L. ele-, elimosinarius.] An almoner.(a) 1515 Dunferm. B. Rec. 362.
Ane venerabil and religius mane Dene Ed. Skaithtmur elemosinar of the abbay of Dunfermling
1577 Reg. Privy S. MS. 25 Oct.
Ane letter maid to Maister Peter Ȝoung, … makand him, during his lyfetime, maister elemosinare to his Majestie
1580 Treas. Acc. MS. 28 b.
To Maister Peter Young, his hienes preceptour and eleemozinar
1592 Acts III. 562/1.
His hienes hes nominat … Maister Peter Young of Seytoun elemosinar
a1639 Spotsw. Hist. 22.
Alcuin … was made his eleemosynar
1700 Annandale Corr. 201.
He carried … a commission for that of elemosinar blank to dispose of as he saw fitt
(b) 1511 Treas. Acc. IV. 174.
To my Lord Elimosinar takand foure li. woklie for the kingis elimose
1541 Treas. Acc. VII. 475.
Schir George Clappertoun, elymosinar
1553 Corr. M. Lorraine 368.
Master Wylȝem Ker, your grace elymosyner
1587 Acts II. 491/2.
Mr. Peter his hienes maister elimosinare
(1598) Moysie Mem. 139.
The thesaurer, secretar, comptroller, … collectour, elymozinare
1633 Spalding I. 36.
The bischop of Morray was maid lord elimoysinar
Ib. 37.
The bischop of Morray who as elimoysinar rode besyde the bischop of London
(c) 1561 Treas. Acc. XI. 93.
To Maister Archibald Craufurde, elyemosinar, iij elnis of quhite satene
1562 Ib. 197.
Gevin to the eliemosinar in Bowane to gif to the pure

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