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Gram(m)ar-, Gram(m)er-scule, n. Also: gramair, gram(m)our scule, scuil, etc. [ME. gramer scole (1387).] A school founded for the teaching of Latin.(a) 1479 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 37.
Maister of the grammar scules of Abirdene
1513 Doug. Direct. 27.
Masteris of grammar sculys, Quhar ȝe syt techand on ȝour benkis and stulys
1562-3 Winȝet I. 23/11. Ib. 24/14.
That maist flurissand part of my aige, spent in the teching of the grammar scule of Linlychtquow
1568 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 366.
The scolars of the gramair scuill
c1650 Spalding I. 234.
The gramar scool, and vther scoolis who had lyin idle befoir, beginis now to florische
1659 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 181.
Thair sall be foure solemne visitatiouns of the grammar scool ewerie yeir
(b) 1521 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 206.
The maister of the gramer scule of Leith
1552–3 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 71.
To the maister of the grammer scule for his fie
1580 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 39.
The enormities committit be … scholaris of the grammer schuil
1599 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 241.
Ane of the maisters of thair grammer schole … [to have] ane assay to teache his clas quhill Witsonday
1601 Elgin Rec. II. 88.
James Vanis … to be beltit be the maister off the grammer schole
1666 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 224.
They did find him qualified and able to exerce the office and charge of ane of the four masters of the said gramer scool
1683 Misc. Bann. C. II. 291.
Mr John Johnstone, doctor in the Gramer Shooll
(c) 1621 Brechin Test. IV. 3 b.
Laurence Skynner, master of the gramour schoull
1627 Banff Ann. II. 26.
Anent the present vacancie of the Grammour Schoole of Banfe

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