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Landis-lord, n. Also: landes-lorde, lands-lord. [e.m.E. (c 1590) lands-lord (once), otherwise only Sc. (as against the common ME. (1419– ) and e.m.E. landlord): cf. Land(i)s-la(i)rd and Landis-lady.] A landlord.

a. Chiefly, the landlord or proprietor of a landed estate (cf. Land n.1 6): cf. Land(i)s-la(i)rd a. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 4734.
Than cumis the landis lord, perfors, And cleiks tyll hym ane herield hors
1579 Acts III. 145.
The offendour … may be … put to the knawlege of ane assys befoir the baroun or landis-lord of the landis & ground
1586 Douglas Chart. 286.
To be ansuerable to … thair landislord and kepar, the Erll Boithuile
1587 Acts III. 462/1.
All landislordis and baillies of the landis on the bordouris and in the hielandis
1592 Mining Rec. 69.
The findaris and the landislordis quha wer awneris of certane mynis
a1595 Descr. Iles 23.
The customes of this ile are … payit at the landslordis cuming to the Ile of Cudicht
1596 Crim. Trials I. ii. 355.
[Sir James Johnnestoun] as maister, landislord or cheiff to Johnne, James and Williame Johnnestonis [is denounced rebel]
1597 Skene Verb. S. (1599) s.v. Extent.
In time of weire, there is na ordinar extent … of lands … for … either the lands ar wast … or the landes-lordes servis in proper persone
Ib. s.v. Firmarius.
Firma signifies the duty quhilk the tennent payis to the landis-lord
1613 Highland P. III. 134.
Fyve Macgregouris … the fyft being a poore fellow and gevin be the landislordis to be a threscher in a barne
1615 Stirling's Royal Lett. 4.
Wee haue vnderstoode of the misbehauiour of Mc Kintosh towards his landslord, the Earle of Murray
1630 Ib. 413.
To … relax the said Marqueis fra all horningis used aganis him as shirreiff or landslord for not apprehending of papistis
c1650 Spalding II. 432.
Thir trovperis wes quarterit frielie throw diuerss parochis, sum vpone ilk landislord, and sum vpone ilk pleuche of ground
1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. i. xix. 15. (1699) 105.

b. The landlord of a house let out to tenants (cf. Land n.1 8): cf. Land(i)s-la(i)rd b. 1636 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 62.
That … no fewaris in this towne or landes lordis set any persones for thair sub-tennentes in any of thair housses till [etc.]

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