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Father, Fathir, n. Also: fathyr(e, fathar, faither, feather. [ME. faþer (14th c., but rare), e.m.E. father, for earlier fader. In Sc. use rare before 1560.] = Fader, in various senses.(1) c1450 Craft of Deyng 261.
Syne he ȝauld his saull to his father
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 280.
Thus it behouit Christ … Unto the Father to passe up reallie
(2) c1450 Craft of Deyng 61.
The deuill … is our auld enemye and father of leisingis
(3) 1410-11 Reg. Episc. Brechin I. 29.
That reuerend fathir in God
1446 Ib. 106.
Ane reuerend fathir in Crist
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 324.
I praye ȝow, father venerabyll, Geue me sum counsell confortabyll
1562-3 Winȝet I. 27/10.
Castand vp the bukis of some auncient Fatheris
1567 G. Ball. 185.
Fatheris of haly Kirk
1596 Dalr. I. 119/5.
The Papes and fathiris of the General counselis
(4) 1551 Hamilton Cat. 9.
Of honour, lufe & obediens dettit til our natural fatheris
1563 Rec. Earld. Orkney 113.
The secund mariage of thayre sayd fathyre
Ib. 115.
Swa ar the ayris … cleyrlye owtred of thayre fathyre arff
1593 Misc. Spald. C. I. 5.
He hes merit bettir to follou his fathir futstaps
1649 Lamont Diary 4.
He married Sr William Balfours daughter, … without the consent of his feather
1683 Haddington Mem. II. 195.
His grandfather … wha was for my faither in allkesses [= cases]
(5) c1552 Lynd. Mon. 363.
Sen father Adam creat bene Into the campe of Damassene

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