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Fewferm(e, Feuferm(e, n. Also: feufirme, few farm. [OF. feuferme, Anglo-L. feudo-, feudifirma.]

1. The tenure of land or other property in feu. (Cf. Feferme.) 1457 Acts II. 49/2.
Gif the tenandry happynnis to be in warde in the kingis handis the saide tenande sall remane with his feuferme vnremovyt payande to the king siklik ferme
1483 Acta Aud. *123/1.
Duncan [producit] a letter of fewferme vnder the sele of the said William fader
1496 Douglas Chart. 162.
To be pait … at … Witsvnday and Mertimes in wintir, … in the name of annuale rent of fevferme allanerly
1534 Misc. Spald. C. II. 189.
We … sall mak thame sicker … of the set and fewferme he hes of oure saidis landis and lordschip
1565–6 Treas. Acc. XI. 459.
Ane signatour of fewferme maid to Alexander Hume of certane landis
1597 Acts IV. 133/1.
The infeftment of few-ferme and all vther rycht and title to the saidis landis to be null and of nane awaill
1641 Stirling Chart. 119.
The charter of few ferme grantet be vmquhile King Robert the secund to the burgessis … of Stirling

b. In the phrase in few ferme. Cf. Few n. 1 b.(a) c 1400 Newbattle Chart. (Reg. H.).
Landis quhilk he haldis in few ferm of the abbot
1482 Peebles B. Rec. 191.
[The baillies have] set the common kylle in fewferme to Jhon Rychartson
1485 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 32.
Alexander Irvin … in few ferme has lattin to me … the landis of Fulȝemond
1541 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 109.
The baillies thinkis expedient to tak fra the sisteris of the Senys thair arrable croft … heretablie in fewferme
1576 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 26.
Ane heretabill possessour of ane half nettis fischeing … haldin in fewferme heretabillie of the said communitie
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Varda.
The keiping of the aire havand lands … in few-ferme, … perteinis to the superiour
(b) 14.. Acts I. 40/2.
Gif ony man lattis his lande in feuferm wythin the burgh
1537 Liber Dryburgh 282.
To haue sett in assedatioun and in feu ferme and heretage heritablie dimittit
1586 Reg. Cupar A. II. 294.
The … fermes … being sett in feu-ferm and the teindis in lang takkis
1592 Reg. Great S. 117/2.
To have gevin … and in perpetuall feufirme and heretage lattis to the said Thomas … all and haill [etc.]

c. Attrib. with duty, land. 1491 Acts II. 225/1.
Gif the said are haue na blanchferme nor fewferme landis to sustene thaim on
1638 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 440.
The feu maillis after specefeit which are the few ferme dueties contained in the old infeofment
1664 Gifford Zetland Islands 71.
By and autour the same few farm duty allenerly

2. The payment made by the tenant of a feu. 1500 Stewart Mem. 82.
Takand securite for the payment of xxxti sex pundis for the dowbilling of the fewferm of the said landis
1567 Reg. Privy S. I. 226/1.
The gift of the feuferm aucht to his gude grace of the landis of Cullard
1580 Douglas Corr. 25.
Payment of the sowme … restand awand to ws of the males, fermes, fewfermes, dowlingis of few-fermes, … and vtheris dewteis of certane landis
1621 Acts IV. 681/1.
Dowbland the samyn fewferme att the entrie of the air
1642 Rec. Univ. Aberd. 151.
The few-maills, few-fermes, caynes, customes, and utheris rents
1654 Mun. Univ. Glasg. I. 321.
All … the lands belonging to the late Bishoprik of Galloway, … with the fewfermes, fewdewties, caynis, customes and casualities

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