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Gud(e)son(e, Guid-, Goodsone, n. Also: gwdson, gudsonne, -soun, goodsonne, -son. [Gude a.] A son-in-law.(a) 1436 Reg. Panmure II. 199.
To have quyt clemyt … my gudesone of ane obligacioun of sex hundreth markkis
1488 Acta Conc. 97/1.
The accioune … persewit be Robert Simsoune and Robert Waus his gudesone
1533 Bell. Livy I. 91/15.
Seing that hir husbaud was dede, scho … callit Servius hir gude-sone haistelie afore hir
1533 Boece i. vi. 45 b.
We ar to ȝow faderis in law, & ȝe to ws gude sonnys
1559 Reg. Cupar A. II. 270.
Componit with John Pegot in name and behalf of Watte Sym, his gude sone
1597 Maxwell Mem. II. 189.
That his Lordship cowp nocht ovir my gudesonis waird in the hands of my Lord Maxwell
(b) 1476 Peebles B. Rec. 179.
The forsaid Mychell sall warn his forsaid thre gud sonis
a1500 Colk. Sow iii. 132.
Than his gud sone he callit to him a stound
1532 Glasgow Prot. IV. 51.
For the carnall affection and luff that he had to … his gwdson
1548 Corr. M. Lorraine 238.
Howbeit he be my gud son, I writ to your grace the best for the weill of tha cuntrayis
1602 Dundonald Par. Rec. 12.
William Caldwell … deponit and deciarit as his gudsone and dochter did
1622 Misc. Hist. Soc. III. 198.
Barbara Sandie, … wedow … , Johne Hog, hir gudsone
(c) 1553 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. I. 145.
Jhone Nelson, guidsone to James Quhyt
1584 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 328.
Cudbert Murray to be … accusit for the cawsing of his guidsone to be maid burges be rycht of his bastard dochter
1622-6 Bisset II. 275/23.
Quhilk [notes] my lord Burlie his sone had, or his guid sone ȝit hes in keiping
1670 Glasgow Weavers 80.
Item fra William Milleris guidsone in Gorbellis, 3 10 0
(d) 1613 Haddington Corr. 121.
I intend, … , to be eist at my good sonne Balcarres
1639 Baillie I. 163.
He was … a setter of tacks to his sones and goodsones
c1650 Spalding II. 453.
The laird his father wes in Muchallis with the Lord Fraser his good-sone
1683 Glasgow Weavers 34.
Each person intending to mak himself friman, being friemens sons and goodsones, sall pay at thair admission eight pundis Scotis

b. Occas. with in law added. 1513 Doug. vii. vi. 62.
Gyf that thou sekis ane alienar onknaw, To be thy mawch or thy gude son in law
1513 Stirlings of Keir 297.
Albede … my gude son in law, … has infefft me … in all and hale his landis

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