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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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Law-gevar, -gevair, -gewar, -gyver, n. [e.m.E. lawgiver, lawe geuer, ME. law ȝeuar, lawe ȝiuere (Wyclif).] A lawgiver, legislator. — 1559 Misc. Spald. C. IV. 89.
That kingdome, as sayis Sanct James, hes bot ane law gewar
1560 Conf. Faith in 14.. Acts II. 529/1.
We confes [Jesus Christ] … to be … the onlie heid of his kirk, oure just lawgevar, our onlie hie preist
1596 Dalr. I. 152/12.
Nathir was this lycht lawgyuer with dishonestie and shame pricked … that he abhored … to sett out another new law evin als wicket
1619 Misc. Maitl. C. II. 400.
That those who sittis as law gevairis sould by thair particulair obedience geve good example to utheris

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