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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).

Liferentar, n. Also: lif-, lyf(e)-, lyff-, lyif-; live-, lyv(e)-; lyfve- and -renttar, -renter, -air. A person who enjoys a liferent (Liferent,n. 1 b, also rarely 1 c).(a) 1535 Reg. Privy S. II. 259/1.
Thair entre tharto to be at the deceis of Dame Mariory Sinclare, … now lifrentar tharof
1551 Acts II. 490/1.
The coniunctfear or lyferentar of tenementis quhilkis payis annuell to the kirk and is brint
c1575 Balfour Pract. 206.
Tak or assedatioun set be ony liferentar induris allanerlie for the lifetime of the settar thairof
1582 Kirkcaldy B. Rec. 76.
And allegis sik infeftment can nocht be maid in respect his mother is lyfrenter theroff
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Cvrialitas.
Out-putting and inputting of tennentes … as gif he were proprietare, lyfe-rentar, tackes-man or rentaller
1660 Douglas Chart. 342.
He being then bot a naiked lyfrentar
1670 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. III. 239.
[The estate of Towie] is under unsupportable burdeins, there being tuo lifrenters thereupon
1681 Acts VIII. 353/2.
Lykways liferenters and husbands for the freeholds of their wyves or having right to a liferent by the courtesie of the saids liferenters claime their vote
1686 Stitchill Baron Ct. 101.
All masters, whether heretors, lyferenters, propper wodsetters, tutors, tacksmen, donators of wards or lyferents, shall … insert in all tacks [etc.]
1686 Misc. Spald. C. V. 235.
1694 Old Ross-shire I. 89.
Life renters
fig. 1598 James VI Basil. Doron (1603) 83.
Kingdomes are euer at God's disposition, and in that case we are but liue-rentars
(b) 1562 Reg. Cupar A. I. 356.
Gewin in lyverent to James McBrek and his airis, lyverentaris of Campsy
1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 23.
That the officiaris … use the lyke executioun aganis all subwassellis ladiis of terce lyverentaris conjunct fearis [etc.]
1573 Montgomery Mem. 213.
Johnne Montgomery, sum tyme lyvrentar of Lang Dregarne
1617 Acts IV. 545/2.
That the remanent lyverentaris conteaned in the said tack … sall not be preiudgit by the said lyverentaris rebellione
1619 Highland P. III. 308.
They ar … vassallis to the lord of Lorne who is feare and heritable proprietair of the erldome … and the erll his fader is onlie lyverentair
1647 Acts VI. i. 649/2.
That the lyverentaris may be ordaned to len for the vse of the publict
1700 Burnett Fam. P. MS.
The haill varrant stipends due & payable by the heretors woodsetters & liverenters of the said pariochine
(c) 1571 Grey Friars II. 121.
I, Charles Hwym, lyifrenttar of the anuellis, landis, mailis and profettis
1588 Prot. Bk. J. Inglis 15 Nov.
Willem Stensone … gaif heretable stait & seising … to Margeret Ogiluie as lyifrenter & to James Lawty hir son & apperand air to Mr Willem Lawty, as heretour
(d) 1640 Grant Chart. 232.
As the rest off lyfverentaris dois

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