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Lawic, Lawick, Lauick, Lawike, a. [Altered forms of Lawit a., after Laic a. (Some instances of lawic may perh. be mere misreadings of lawit.)] Lay, not of the clergy. —(a) 1499 Reg. Privy S. I. 45/1.
The chaplanry … vacand be the inhabilite of lawic personis quhilkis intromittis and talkis up the proffitis tharof
c1575 Balfour Pract. 190.
The mute and actioun concerning lawic men pertenis to the Kingis crown
1571 (c 1650) Bk. Univ. Kirk I. 211.
That the lawic patrones alwayes brouke and vse thair awin richtis
Ib. 231.(b) 1622-6 Bisset II. 145/24.
Off possessioun of kirklandis … upoun charteris … betuix lavick persones
1627 Rep. Parishes 22.
The keirke ane lawike patronaige and hes beine befor the Reformatioune
Ib. 87.
It is ane lawick patronage

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