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Journay, Jornay, Jurnay, v. Also: journey. P.t. and p.p. also journait, jowrnat; jornait, jornaid; jornat. [ME. iournay, -ey (14th c.), iornay, -ey (c 1330), AF. journeyer, OF. jo(u)rnoyer, -éer, -ier, to travel, etc., f. jo(u)rnee, Journee n., Jorné n.]

1. intr. To journey, travel. c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 2903.
And he jornaid be dayis sa Quhill he come in-to Achya
c1475 Wall. viii. 976.
Quhen Wallace thus throw Ȝorkschyr jowrnat [1570, journand] was
a1500 Gol. & Gaw 230.
Thus iournait gentilly thyr cheualrouse knichtis Ithandly ilk day Throu mony fer contray

2. tr. To cite or summon to appear in court on an appointed day. (Cf. Journee n. 4 c.)This sense only Sc.(a) 1478 Acta Aud. 75/2.
Thai war lauchfully journait to the ferd court before hir bailȝe
1493 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 228.
James lord Abirnethy … allegiit that he wes summond [etc.] … and nain comperand with the principale summondis … tharapoun … protestit it sulde turne him to na preiudice quhill he wer ordourly journayit
1501 Reg. Privy S. I. 110/2.
Exemand him … fra all jugis … fra all compering befor thame … for ony actionis … quhatsumever, to be unsummond, unarrestit, journait or callit before thame [etc.]
1524 Acta Conc. MS. XXXIV. 178.
The marinaris … hard that thai wald be journait be the law for takin of the said schip
1533 Boece ix. viii. 303 b.
Toncete … journayit be the law certane opulent marchandis of Forres … for sobir causis
Ib. 305.
That nane be the law suld journay ane orphaline … within perfite age
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i. 106.
Quhatsomever parte be journeyed in quhatsomeuer court, and the baillie of that court assignes ane certaine day and steid to them
Ib. 106 b.
Gif baith the parties that ilk day be absent, they aught to be baith amerciat … and journeyed by the judge till the next day
(b) 1496–7 Acta Conc. II. 68.
The officiaris and bailyeis of Edinburgh … has jornait and ordanit him unordourely … to pay a certane soume to the saidis Wilȝeame [etc.]
1524 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 390.
The said Androw Elphinstoune beand lauchfullie summond, procest and jornat to the said reuerand father and his bailȝeis to schaw his haldyng
1587 St. A. Kirk S. 604.
That his dochter is to be contractit in mariage with ane man of … Anstrother quhome he can on na wayis jornay to conpeir befoir this session
(c) 1497 Acta Conc. II. 87.
We charg you … that ye jurnay nor call him before you thairfore be na maner of way

b. ? To order (a thing) to be produced in court on a certain day by a formal citation. 1521-2 Old Dundee II. 275.
The whilk [silver] piece has been jornayit, as use is, ... mony times

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