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Ilk, adj.1 Also: ikke, ylk(e. [ME. ilk(e, ylk(e, OE. ilca m., ilce f. and n.] Same.

1. This, that, the ilk, the same, the very same (person, thing, etc., already mentioned, or about to be specified). a. With the demonstratives. b. With the article.a. 1375 Barb. i. 512.
That ilk nycht
Ib. xv. 222.
This ilk Maknakill
a1400 Leg. S. ii. 123.
To that ilke mychty kinge We sall serwe
Ib. vi. 136.
In to that ilke place
1389 Wemyss Chart. 24.
The byschop of Saynt Androus and the pryoure of that ilke place
1423 Rep. Hist. MSS. XV. App. viii. 33.
Gyfand … my ful … pouere to tha ilkis Adam, Steuyn, and Hu
1456 Hay I. 50/3.
Throu that ilke Hanyball and his ost
c1475 Wall. viii. 510.
This ilk commaund to Berweik sone he send
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 191.
But … quha that ilke saxt buke knew
Ib. ix. 46.
Thai ilke goddis mot dewly reward thé
1535 Stewart 9717.
Tha come and met this ilk Suetonius
1560 Rolland Seven S. 6098.
That ilk rewaird he gat for gredynes
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i. 114 b.
Na man aught to … intromet betwix the parties, bot they ilke parties and … thair counsell
b. c1475 Wall. iv. 6.
Be the ilk syng … ye may know The changing cours
1513 Doug. iv. viii. 77.
The ilk tre,. … Stikkis to the rochis
1533 Boece i. v. 42 b.
In the ilk tyme Scottis convenit in counsell
Ib. iv. xii. 143 b.
The ilk nycht [that] thai returnit hame

2. absol. Chiefly that ilk. a. The same thing, the same person. Also quhilk ilk.(1) a1400 Leg. S. x. 181.
The sammyne ȝe wend thai suld nov Haf done to me, that ilk suld thai Haf done til ȝow
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxii. 27.
Sen as the world sayis that ilk
1522–3 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 210.
Fra the dait of the said respect, quhilk ilk is the xxij day of October
c 1532 Breadalbane Doc. MS. No. 43.
Ane reuerend father in God, Andro, be the mercy of that ilk, bischop of Cathrines
1560 Rolland Seven S. 5974.
It is my will, and that same salbe done: Thairfoir mak ȝow that ilk to compleis sone
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. xxxv. 60.
If Natur sheu Hir hevinly heu … , It wes that ilk
(2) 1400 Melville Chart. 16.
Betwixt the sune rysing and the ganging too of that ilk
1456 Wemyss Chart. 78.
Betuix the rising of the soune, the passing too of that ilke
c 1556 Prot. Bk. W. Douglas 285.
Betuix the son rysing & gangene to of that ilk
1597 Rec. Earld. Orkney 322.
Betuix the sone ryissing and doun passing of that ilk

b. The same place, landed estate, or name. Also the ylke.Very common in the designations of landed proprietors and families, as Dundas of that ilke, Wemyss of that ilk, = Dundas of Dundas, Wemyss of Wemyss.(1) 1387 Edinb. Chart. 35.
Androw Jutsoun prowest of ... Edynburgh and the communite of that ylke
1439 Ib. 64.
Patrike … abbot of Halyrudhouse and the conuent off that ilke
1459 Liber Aberbr. iii.
Ane tenement lyande … in the Wattirgait one the est part off the ylke
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 188/4.
Rothissaye the quhilk is now callit Bute efter sanct Brandane of that ilk
?a1500 Steel Roy Robert 29.
Thé, Henrie of Longcastell, … Duik of that ilk thow suld be cald
15.. Clar. i. 1054.
Lord of that ilk my father is at all
1606 Birnie Kirk-b. Sig. A 3.
Propyned to the Lords inheritance in the Presbyterie of Lanark by M. William Birnie, the Lord his minister in that ilk
(2) 1400 Maxwell Mem. I. 138.
Vmfray of Culquhune, lord of that ilk
1408 Mar & Kellie MS.
Schir Robert of Erskyn, knycht, lord of that ilk
1445 Chart. (Reg. H.) No. 311.
James of Dundas of that ilke
1480 Douglas Chart. 114.
Join of Auchlek of that ilk
1493 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 212.
Alexander Innes, lard of that ilk
1509 Reg. Privy S. I. 294/1.
Johne Fentoun of that ilk that last decessit
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 127.
James Ormestoun of that ilk, Hob Ormestoun his fader broder
1593 Wemyss Chart. 217.
Jhone Lundie, appeirand of that ilk
1630 St. A. Baxters Bk. 82.
Alexander Horsbruik of that ilk
(3) 1596 Dalr. I. 126/7.
King James, the fyfte of that ilke
Ib. 201/1.
King Fergus the secund of that ilk

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