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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Lege lord, n. Also: legislord, liege lord. [ME. lige loverd (1297), lige lorde: cf. F. lige seigneur, med.L. dominus ligius.] The feudal overlord to whom one's fealty and allegiance are due. Only early, and chiefly or only applied to the sovereign. 1405 D. Fleming Let. Henry IV MS. (Cott. Vespas. F. VII, fol. 86) in Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 58.
Trewys … betwix ȝw and my lege lord the Kyng of Scotland and ȝouris realmys
The haly gaist … kepe … my lege lord Kyng of Scotland his realme hys legis & hys estate ay saufe
1405 Douglas Corr. 64.
The qwhilk skathis our lege lorde the Kynge and his liegis has paciently tholyte
1424 Cambuskenneth Letter.
Maist exellent prince and redoubtit lege lorde
1424 Edinb. Chart. 213.
Rycht hey … prince, oure doutydest legislorde king
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 1052.
Quhen thai saw thair liege lord laid on the landis
Ib. 1323.
Cumly … Kyng, Heir mak [I] yow obeising As liege lord of landis

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