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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Leit, v.1 Also: leitt, leet, let. [f. Leit n.2: cf. Lite v.] tr. To nominate to a list of selected candidates for an office. 1612 Acts IV. 518/1.
The prouest [etc.] … to leit and present twa persounes with the auld thesaurar to the thesaurarie of the said cietie
1629 S. Leith Rec. 17.
The nichtbours and sessioune … for the second minister … haue leitted Mr Robert Dowglas
1636 Reg. Great S. 219/1.
Cum potestate … ad suffragia committendi et eligendi lie to leit and chuise ipsorum magistratus [etc.]
1637 Baillie I. 6.
Yet three only could get themselves leitit
1641 Ib. 359.
When the lyke of me, … was shored to be leeted for to moderate a Generall Assemblie
1643 Carnock Kirk S. in Row Hist. xxi.
Thair wer six persones leitit to be sent to the King that he myght chuse ane of them for that kirk
1654 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 123.
The nominatores and electores … did let ministers … newir once acquainting the sessioune with anie such thinge
1673 Stirling B. Rec. II. 14. 1685 Glasg. B. Rec. III. 379.

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