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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Howsone, -soon(e, adv. Also: howson, -sonne, -schone, housoone; howsein, houseene and Quhowsone. [How adv.2 Only in Sc. use.] As soon as. Also how sone as, that.(a) 1521 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 205.
Quhat tyme and how son the baronis cummys to … Edinburgh
1526 Reg. Privy S. I. 536/1.
Quhat tyme and how sone Johne, lord Lindesay, … beis convict thairof
1557 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 3.
Howsone the same be extract ye salbe suyrlie advisit thairof
1561 Reg. Privy C. I. 160.
How sone as he beis deforcit, … that the said officiar arrest all the gudis
1563 Ib. 240.
[He] sall deliver the said hous agane … howsone that evir he be requirit thairto
1596 Wedderburn Compt Bk. 46.
To pay me … a knag of vinacre and can oyle doly howsone he passis to Bordeanx
1626 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 251.
Howsone possibill it can be collectit it salbe sent to him
1647 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 10.
At quhat tyme and how sone soueuer … Alexander sall be requyreit
c1650 Spalding I. 113.
Howsone the people wes put of of the cross, the lord Marques cums fra his lodging
(b) 1603 Shetland Sheriff Ct. 77.
The haill commonis … of Ȝell to bwrie thair deid how schone ony sall happin to die
1632 Brechin Test. V. 68 b.
How schone it pleisis God that scho attein to mareage
(c) 1614 Crim. Trials III. 299.
How soone the castell wes tane, the deponner stayit with Robert Stewart
1631 Strathbogie Presb. 2.
They … wer content to communicat with any other minister within the presbiteri housoone it pleased the brethrein
1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. i. xi. § 8.
He did tear the challenge, how soon ever he got it in his hands
(d) 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 74.
Howsein he was set vpoun horshack, incontinent … he bristit and swelt
Ib. 229.
Howsein the regent wes aduerteist thairof, Patrik … wes directit to seik him
1641 Fam. Kilravock 333.
Houseene I meet with him I shall speak to him theranent

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