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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Maister, Master, n.1 Also: -ere, -ir, -yr(e, -ur, -ar(e, -re, mayst(e)r, -ir, -yr, maiester, mastier, measter, mester, meister, -eir; and Mister. [ME. maȝȝstre (Orm), maister, mayster, -tre, meister, -tre (12–13th c.), e.m.E. master, OE. mæᵹester, maᵹister, OF. maistre, both f. L. magister, -trum. Cf. also Mes.]Commonly abbreviated as mr. and m.In the possessive, with or without the inflection (like fader etc.).Recorded from the early 14th c. in the place-name Maysterton, Maistertoun etc. (Reg. Neubotle 4, 41, etc.).

1. A man who wields authority or dominion; a person's sovereign, lord, chief, captain, leader, superior; the ruler of a territory.See, for further examples, Lord n. 3 (2).(1) ?1438 Alex. ii. 4291.
To fecht for thare maisteris [F. seignor] saik
1456 Hay I. 67/14.
In schippis … men makis ay ane patroun and maister our the lave to governe … all the membris of the schip
Ib. 110/14.
A kingis provost may have na mare power na has his maister
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 187.
Heir I mak yow of myne maister of myght
c1475 Wall. vii. 378.
Latt ws … caflis cast quha sall our master be
1488 Rec. Earld. Orkney 332.
To … my … wele belovit maister David Sinclare fold of Ȝetland
1499 Liber Aberbr. II. 324.
And attour I … dischargis my said maistiris … of all sowmys … that I clamyt thaim of
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 199/7.
In euerilk hous of Yngland thare was put ane Dene to be mastere
1531 Bell. Boece I. 54.
That ane of thaim [Druids], as bischop and maister, sall have jurisdictioun above the laif
1572 Buch. Detect. 107. 1569 Thanes of Cawdor 176. 1581 Burne Disput. 43 b.
Inducing subiectis to oppres and dounthrau thair maisters
1581 Acts III. 218/1. c1590 Fowler II. 76/6. 1596 Dalr. I. 104/15. 1596 Crim. Trials I. ii. 355.
As maister, landislord or cheiff to Johnne, James and Williame Johnnestonis
1622-6 Bisset I. 293/11.
[To] luik gif … he [the judge] be … of kin … to the pairtie or maister to him
c 1630 Bk. Carlaverock II. 123.
The King my maisters frienship
(b) 1582 Waus Corr. 258.
To his belowit master in the lord Jesus my lord off Barnbarache
1594 Acts IV. 71/2.
Masteris and sustenaris of thevis
1667 Laing MSS. I. 363.
Our grasious mastier
(c) 1590 Edinb. Test. XXI. 304.
John Erle of Mortoun my gud cheif and mr.
(2) a1568 Pedder C. 35.
Grit Lucifer, maister of hell
1567 G. Ball. 175. c1610 Melville Mem. 43.
That he … mycht with tim mak himself maister of the haill

2. A prince, magnate, great man, man of rank. 1375 Barb. iv. 411.
Othir syndry ȝeid thame by As thai war masteris [E. maistrys] ydilly
1456 Hay I. 210/33.
Gif a bataill war sett and thare war mony maisteris and princis governand bot gif thai obey all till a hede [etc.]
c1475 Wall. iv. 11.
A gret consell … Into Glaskow quhar mony maistris mett
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lx. 45.
The lerit sone of erll or lord … is maister natiwe borne
1512 Crim. Trials I. i. 80.
Quhar the takaris or apprehendaris ar maisteris of pover quharthrow the said rebell … may nocht evaide
15.. Clar. v. 2118.
Monie grit maistres and barrounes
c 1580 Dumfr. & Gall. Soc. XVII. 95.
That na persoun … mak ony complent to ony out toun maister

3. The male head of a family or household.See also Maistres n. 2. 1558-66 Knox II. 241.
Everie maister of houshald … to instruct … his … familie [etc.]
1595 St. A. Kirk S. 811. 1635 Elgin Rec. II. 230.
That ilk master of familie be countable for the induellers in ther landis
1678 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. MS. 31 July.

4. An animal's master or owner. c1475 Wall. viii. 213.
Saidlys thai teym off hors bot maistris thar
1513 Doug. x. xiv. 93. 1551 Hamilton Cat. 24.
The asse has knawin the mangier of his maister
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1917.

5. A man who employs another in his service; a workman or other employee's (male) employer, a servant's, apprentice's or slave's master.See, for some further examples, Hussy n. 2 and Lord n. 1 (2). Also Hure-maister n. and task-maister. 1425 Acts II. 11/2.
The schirref sall assigne xl dais to sic ydil men to get thaim masteris
?14.. Ship Laws c. 21 (B).
Qwhen the schip is brokyn the maystyr may nocht sel the tacle of the schip bot gyf he haf … commandment of hys maystyrys
c1460 Wisd. Sol. (S.T.S.) 267.
Quhen a seruand … is richit throw falsat of his mastir lell-wone gud
1473 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 27.
Gif ony prenteis … passis away fra his maister
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xv. 19.
To serve and leif in beggartie To man and maistir is baith schame
1516 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 39.
The said Jhone Champnaye … to work ii dosone of skennes to his masteris utilite
1525 Reg. Great S. 97/2.
Ilk maister to fe thir servandis yeirlie at Yule
1531 Haddington B. Rec. (Robb) 23 Feb.
That the towne sall be thair masteris and thai to ansuer to the towne
1535 Stewart 5802. 1551 Elgin Rec. I. 108. 1570 Sat. P. xxiv. 96. 1572 Reg. Privy C. II. 133. 1576 Breadalbane Ct. Bk. 19 b.
Quha evere of payd seruandis … that feis thame selfis with doubill maisters
1581 Sat. P. xliv. 33.
Sik man, sik maister, as is said
a1598 Ferg. Prov. 3 b. 1609 Skene Reg. Maj. Table s.v. Ib. i. 24 b. a1628 Carmichael Prov. Nos. 101, 149, 889, 1405, etc. 1656 Edinb. Justices Peace 406.
[The wives of the hinds] are also to be assisting with their husbands in winning their masters hay and peats
fig. a1578 Pitsc. I. 88. n. 1.
The deuill quha is the maister of pryde

6. The landlord of a tenant; also, a feudal superior, overlord. 1514 Laing MSS. I. 6.
Ony personys hawand takkis … of the Kingis grace or of any utheris thair lordis and maistiris
1525 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 76.
Anent tenandre that tenandes suld warn thair maister fourtye dais or the term … and sic lyk the maister suld warn the tenand xlti dais
1561 Inverness Rec. I. 70.
To grant to him ane assedatioun of new of the samyn as thai that ar his maysteris and superiouris
1575 Reg. Privy C. II. 464.
To renunce him thair kyndlie maister
c1575 Balfour Pract. 276.
Gif ony man … beis unlawit … because the said superiour … enterit not ane suit … he sould be releivit … of the said over-lord and maister forsaid
1586 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I. 207.
The maister settar of the hous
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Averia. Ib. s.v. Canum. 1600 St. A. Kirk S. 936.
The maisteris of tenentis
1642 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct.) 24 March.
Of maisters dewty to Patrik Carsen in Kirkcudbright of ferme crop 1641 [etc.]
1649 Acts VI. ii. 465/1. 1657 Stitchill Baron Ct. 9.
Decerned to pay [etc.], … verified by the mestres executioun
1671 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct.) 25 July.
Indew … to … my maiester
1671 Inverness Presb. 10. 1681 Stair Inst. ii. iii. § 80.
There is no difference whether he be a master or a farmer
1686 Stitchill Baron Ct. 101.
All masters, whether heretors, lyfe renters [etc.]
1686 Misc. Spald. C. V. 234.
[Tenants to] inact themselves in thair maister court books
1688 Galloway P.
To releive his meisters off all teind … payeable furth of the saids lands

7. A proprietor of lands, a fishery, a business or the like.Espec. maister of the gr(o)und (see also Grund n. 2 c), = landlord.(1) 1561 Inverness Rec. I. 61.
[That] na mastyris of vatteris or haweand takkis of the vatteris tak vpon hand to by thair fyscharis met fysches, bot [etc.]
1597 Skene Verb. S. (1599) s.v. Herreȝelda.
The best aucht … suld be given to his landis-lorde or maister of the said land
1598 St. A. Baxter Bks. 63.
Maisteris of baikhousis till informe thair servandis instantlie of this present act
c1650 Spalding II. 25.
He … chargeit the maisteris and lax fisheris of Die and Done
1681 Glasgow Chart. II. 214.
A petition … for themselves and … their partners, maisters of the tuo suggarworks
1684 Lauder Notices Affairs 529.
The dam masters upon Don had contraveined the Acts of Parliament
(2) 1596 Dalr. I. 26/22.
Maistir of the ground
1611 Brechin Test. II. 165.
To Thomas Greig maister of ground for the fies of ane heuk in haruest
a1633 Hope Major Pract. I. 118.
The master of the ground should be preferrd to all wther creditors
1635 Grant Chart. 340. 1672 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct.) 1 Mar., 3 July. 1685 Ib. (Reg. H.) 24 July.

8. The holder of a document. 1456 Hay I. 178/6.
How suld thai be callit sauf condytis bot gif thai condyte thair maisteris saufly and surely?
a1633 Hope Major Pract. II. 272.
A man is ever presumed to be master and keeper of his owen evident

9. a. Predicatively, without article or possessive, in various of the above senses (but applied to either sex, and fig. to things).(To be etc.) maister, (to have) the mastery, control or management, (be) in charge, (wield or assume) authority or dominion (of or over someone or something). c1420 Wynt. viii. 2427.
In till oure land, he … made hym maystyr, lord and syre
1456 Hay I. 69/2.
Bot quha mycht be maistry … be lord and maister [etc.]
Ib. 181/35.
Quhat privilege … may a symple capitane geve till a grete lord to pas our the realme of Fraunce quhare he is na maister
Ib. II. 58/29.
A knycht may … be maister of himself and ourcum all vicis
Ib. 152/27. Ib. 164/8. c1460 Consail Wys Man 191.
And euer be mastyr of thi twnge
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 821.
Quhilk of ws be maister of vther ma
a1500 Henr. Fab. 939. c1475 Wall. i. 131.
Quhar that stayne is, Scottis suld mastir be
Ib. iii. 441.
He saw his enemys maistris in this regioune
1513 Doug. xi. Prol. 89. Ib. xiii. ii. 62. 1513 Rep. Hist. MSS., Varr. Coll. V. 27. Bell. Boece I. 96/27.
The said Willyame … salbe maistir in his awune house
15.. Wyf Awcht. 41.
Jok, will thow be maistir of wark
1555 Prot. Bk. Sir W. Corbet 22.
The said Jonot to be maister of hyr awyn landis
a1578 Pitsc. I. 124/33. 1581 Burne in Cath. Tr. 145/26.
It is na meruel that God … sufferis thair idiot inferioris … to be maisteris ouer thame
1583 Edinb. Test. XII. 224, 1584 Ib. XIII. 195.
(The goodwife)
1585 Ib. XIV. 246 b.
Katharine Jamesoun my spous … to be maister and commander induring hir liftyme
1590 Welwod 69.
The pirat beand ains maister of the schip
1616 Reg. Privy C. X. 656. 1680 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 412.
Upon which they may be master of the key of the said utter gait
fig. 1456 Hay I. 19/33.
The will of the Fader that is in me salbe maister
c1475 Wall. xi. 833.
Thar cowatys was our gret maystir seyn
a1500 Colk. Sow ii. 226.
Lat nevir thy penny be … mastir of thé

b. Mare maister, one of greater authority or dominion. Passing into adj., (a) more powerful (person). c. Maste maister, also, principale maister, the person of greatest authority, the most powerful, the leader or head.b. c1460 Wisd. Sol. (S.T.S.) 304.
It is nocht to a man to strif agane mar mastir than hymeself in iugment
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 36.
The goddis ar mair maister than the king
c. a1400 Leg. S. xix. 90, 92.
I come … Trowand … That thu the maste master [L. majorem et potentiorem] had bene Bot now, me think, the dewil mare Master is thane thu
1570 Warrender P. I. 81.
The indifferentis will yeld to the maist maisters
1456 Hay I. 181/1.
Under a claus of generalitee may nocht be na grettare persouns contenyt na the principale maister [F. le cheualier] to quham the sauf condyt is grauntit

10. The seaman placed in command of a ship and its crew; the master, skipper, captain.Also, one qualified for command of a ship.In a warship, the first officer responsible for the navigation, there being also a capitane in charge of the operations of warfare.Also maister-skiper and Schip-maister n.(a) a1400 Leg. S. xxxviii. 623.
The maistere gert the steris-man To the left hand stere hym thane
?14.. Ship Laws (Bute MS., Adv. MS. 25. 4. 15, Harl. MS. 4700) passim. c1500 Harl. MS. 4700 fol. 148 b.
Off the makin of a mane maistir of a schip
1444 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 12.
The said merchandis and maister
1466 Acts II. 87/1.
The maister
1497 Acta Conc. II. 93. 1500 Ib. 470.
[He] had ane schip callit the Bark of Liddale of the Kingis hienes and was maister under God til hir
1509 Reg. Privy S. I. 283/2. 1513 Doug. v. i. 22.
Palynurus, the maister, gave a cry From the eft castell heich
1525 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 221.
With the consent and assent of the maisteris and skipperis of Leyth
1533–4 Ib. II. 66. 1535–6 Reg. Privy S. II. 303/1, etc.; 1555 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 227. 1541 Treas. Acc. VII. 483. 1549 Compl. 40/12, etc. 1557 Admir. Ct. Bk. (ed.) 15; Ib. 22, 74, etc.
Walter Richardsoun capitane of the schip callit the Marie An, Thomas Wilsoun skippar and maister therof
1562–3 Treas. Acc. XI. 242. 1569 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 263. 1579 Reg. Privy C. III. 136.
In the schippis quhairof Robert Ramsay and Johnne Pedell war skipparis and maisteris
1586 Conv. Burghs I. 219. 1590 Welwod 53; etc.
That maister that is he quhom to the hail cure of the ship is committit
1596 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 165. 1602 Conv. Burghs II. 145.
That na man … sall tak the chairge of ane schip as to gif him furth for maister or pylott vnles he be first tryet be foure speciall maisters
1622-6 Bisset II. 220/16, 221/15, 235/9, 257/18, etc. 1638 Dumbarton B. Rec. 56. 1649 Brechin Presb. 7. 1686 G. Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 72.(2) a1578 Pitsc. I. 252/14.
Schir Androw Wode … was quarter maister of hir [the Great Michael], and Robene of Bartane was maister skiper of hir
(b) c1420 Wynt. vi. 939.
The mastyre
1456 Perth Guildry 18.
The master
1471 Edinb. Chart. 134.
The masteris and governouris of the saidis botis
1549 Compl. 40/7, etc. 1681 Stair Inst. i. xii. 18.

11. The manager, whether as proprietor, tacksman or merely employee, of a bakery, mill, coal-works etc.Also cole-maister, Cole n.1 4 and salt-maister. 14.. Burgh Laws c. 71 (B).
Nane sal hafe in his ovyn ma servandis na iiii the maystyr and twa servandis & aknafe
1627 St. A. Baxter Bks. 87.
James Broun and Patrik Walker, maisteris of the said James his baikhous
1650 Brechin Presb. 41.
Som contraversie fell out betwixt the maister of the mill and her concerning mill dutie
1662 Lamont Diary 143.
William Lundy at that tyme measter of the mille
1672 Sinclair Hydrostaticks 295.
[Boring] leaves the master at an uncertainty (notwithstanding the coal has been found) … as to its nature and thickness
1673 Dunferm. Coal Acc. 21 a.
19 load show coills maisters parte
1674 Sheriffhall Coal Acc. 7 Feb. 1677 Fawside Coal Compt 15.
Coall compt 3 Februarij 1677 … Mesters pairt 30: 18: 0; uncost 37: 07: 4; supersp. 06: 09: 4
1679 Torry Coal & Salt Wks. 3 a.

12. In the titles of offices. a. The head of a society, religious order, institution or the like.Also grete maister, Grand Master (of an order of chivalry). 14.. Reg. Maj. c. 123.
Alsua the master of the Tempil & the chef priour of Irusaleme be thaim self ar resavyt
1482–3 Acta Conc. II. civ.
The maister of Sanctantonis
1509 Glasg. Univ. Mun. I. 44.
The maister of the Almous hous
1533–4 Acta Conc. Public Aff. 414.
To be maister of the girth
1595 Duncan App. Etym.
Libripens, a maister of wey-hows
1613 Conv. Burghs II. 428.
The said maister of the Consergerie
1641 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 272.
To the maisteris of the correctioun hous
1375 Barb. xx. 403.
The gret master of Saint Jak
a1400 Leg. S. xxix. 801.
Scho went in sped To the gret maister of the knychtede
1541 Sc. Hist. Rev. VI. 155.
The Dolphin and the grete maister … was reddy to depart … to the veris

b. In the designations of various governmental and other officials and of heads of departments of the royal and other households. Also attrib. in mastir-stede (in Ettrick Forest).Also, maister (of the) ale-sellar, artilȝery, cunȝe(-hous), garderobe (wardrobe), houshald, lardener, (Kingis) luge, ordnance, requests, revels, stabill, veschell etc., and maister (of) (the) brigwark, kirk-wark, and wark, werkis: see the latter nouns.(1) 1439 Cop. St. A. 177.
Duncane Kyd, maister of the almery, Willȝeam Bonare, chaumerlane, Willȝeam of Kynmonth, maister of the werk
1458 Perth Guildry 33.
That Jamis Charteris the den of the gilde sall be master of the per
1509 Reg. Privy S. I. 280/1.
Chargeit … be us, our thesaurer or maiester of our money
1542 Ib. II. 718/2.
Principale maister kepar and rewlar of all and sindry oure soverane lordis hingaris and tapessery within his realme
1542–3 Ib. III. 19/1.
Makand him maister and keipar of all the Duche stude meris within the realme
c1575 Balfour Pract. 15.
That the maister of the Kingis hous sall have for his fie fourtie pundis, … The pantriman … ten pundis, … The maister of the lardner … five pundis
1581 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 203.
Makis … William Littill thair master of the buriale place and yairdis thairof, to se the sam … kepit and ordorit
1584 Waus Corr. 296.
As the maysteris of the cotis and testamentis … will testefye
1588 Exch. R. XXI. 367.
Francis Galbeirt, maister in the pantrie [etc.]
1593 Crim. Trials I. ii. 299.
The maister of his hienes palice, and portair of the same, and all thair deputis
1604-31 Craig iii. 3.
Heigh thesaurer of Scotland, great maister of the minerals there
1623 Hume Comment. Crimes (1844) II. 16.
Clarke of our justiciarie generall [and] maistir of the ceremoneis at the creatioune of all earles [etc.]
1641 Cochran-Patrick Coinage I. xxx.
The maister [of the mint] … does receave the haill bullion
1641 Cramond Ch. Birnie 13.
To goe speak my lord of Murray as maister of the teinds for provisione … to a reidare
1670 Murray Lyon Hist. Lodge Edinb. 426.
Neyther let the clerk … wreat upon it but when the three maisters of the keys shall be present
1682 Lauder Notices Affairs 360.
The act … constituting masters of the game
(2) c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 915.
The admirall and maister of ablestre
1526–7 Reg. Privy S. I. 550/2.
Ane lettre to Patrick Sinclare … makand him maister of hunting to the King
1528 St. P. Henry VIII IV. 515 in Lynd. (S.T.S.) IV. 252.
Our maister of armis, Lyoun
1533 Bell. Livy II. 99/31.
Eftir that he had causit the maister of chevelrie to depone his office
1544–5 Treas. Acc. VIII. 342.
Andro Hammiltoun, maister of entre
1588 Exch. R. XXI. 363.
William Murray, maister of carriag
1645 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 49.
For payment to the maister of mortified moneys of this burghe
1655 Ib. 160; 1676 Aberd. Council Lett. VI. 27.
The master of mortificatiouns
1657 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 167.
Thomas Merser, present master of impost and shor
(3) 1493 Acta Conc. I. 315/1.
The prebend of the maister hospitale in the Trinite College
1577 Perth Kirk S. MS. 2 b.
The m. hospitall
1668 Conv. Burghs III. 606.
With ane dean of gild, thesaurer and ane maister hospitall
1613 Dundee B. Laws 57.
The hospitall maister
1569 Dundee Chart. 42.
The maister or maisteris of the hospital or almishous of this burcht
1578 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 63; 1591 Ib. V. 54; etc.; 1590–1 Reg. Privy C. IV. 591; 1599 St. A. Kirk S. 907; 1628 Stirling B. Rec. I. 162; 1649 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 182.
William Lytill and Jhonne Harwod ar chosin maisterris of the hospitale quhill Mychaelmes nixt
1676 Aberd. Council Lett. VI. 46.(4) 1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 444.
jc estland burdis ressavit be the master werk
1560 Ib. XI. 22. 1617 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II. 33, 81. 1565 Reg. Privy C. I. 347.
The offices of chalmerlanerie and maistir ischearis
Ib. 396.
The said office of maistir gunnarschip
(5) 1423 (1426) Reg. Great S. 11/2.
Twa forestar stedis … lyand betwix the mastirstede [L. locum vocatum le maisterstede] and the courrourstede off the ward off the Yharow

c. The title of an elected officer or member of the governing body of certain crafts and merchant guilds. 1518 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 182.
We … grantis to the forsaidis merchandis brethir of gildry and thair successouris power now at the begynning of the said fraternite to cheis ane maister of faculte, certain officiaris and counsalouris as thai think … expedient
1560 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 79.
The maisteris of the Hally Blude and siclik the maister of Sanct Anthonis
c 1628 E. S. Lawrie Lodge Glasgow St. John No. 3 bis (1927) 30.
Andrew Nelsons, master, and Thomas Nelsone, varden of the sed lodge of Saint Androis
1659 Dumfries Fleshers 30 Sept.
The haill body of the fleshour trade … did elect & choyse Thomas Forsyth deacon, Thomas Goldie treasurer, [six persons] masters & James Dowglas officer

d. As the second element of a compound.As box-, borrow- (burrow-), essay-, jadge-, key-, kirk-, purs-, quarter-maister etc., q.v. under the first elements. 1641-8 Skipper's Acc. (Smettone) 23.
To the hivin mester 2 li.

13. Used attrib. or as adj. = Chief, head, principal, leading.a. With the designation of an officer or of a workman (cf. 15).Denoting a senior official of the sort in question or an officer or workman in charge of the others so designated, whether as their employer or their foreman.See also, for further examples, Almosar, Armourer, Assayour, Baxter, Burreau, Cannonar, Can(n)oner, Carvour, Catour, Changeour, Clippar, Colȝear, Cuke, Cunȝear, Cunȝeour, Elemosinar, Fleschar(e, Gunnar, Isch(e)ar(e, Huntar, Juellar, Kervour, Kuke, Lardener, Masoun, Meltar, Sayar, Stabillar, Sewar, Usher, etc. ?1438 Alex. i. 588.
His maister chalmerlane was he
1473 Reg. Cupar A. I. 198.
Master forstar of al our wuddis
1491 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 61.
That thair maister masoun and the laif of his collegis and seruandis of thair kirk wark … keip thair seruice
1507 Treas. Acc. III. 401.
In Dunbertane, to the maister schipwricht, [42 s.] Item, to the calfataris and the laif of the werkmen [48 s.]
1511–12 Ib. IV. 274.
To Sebald Northtberge, maister finour [at Crawford Muir]
1512–13 Ib. 442.
To Robert Borthwik, gunnar, maister meltare of the Kingis gunnis, for him self and vj men his servandis
1526–7 Reg. Privy S. I. 546/1.
Makand him maister wax maker to the King
1531 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 56.
Maister elmusar
1546–7 Reg. Privy S. III. 348/1.
The maister wardane, maister sayar and maister sinckar now broukand the officis thairof
1561 Ib. V. i. 197/2.
Oure soverane ladeis maister smyth within the castell of Dunbar
1574 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 30.
Jhonne Forrest … [elected] maister clenger of the folkis mendit of the pest
1581–2 Reg. Privy C. III. 453.
His majesteis maister houshalderis
1607 Macgibbon & Ross V. 548.
James Murray younger mr oversear and attendar on all his majesties warkis … in Scotland
1609 Hilderstoun Silver Mines I. 171.
Candle to the Mr. fynner that nycht he fyned the siluer
1625 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 563.
Onlie the maister miller, the vndermiller and ane servant
1666-74 Fraser Polichron. 313.
Lord Lewis … had his master burner with him, who uppon a sign given him would instantly set fire to the cornstacks

b. With other designations of persons and animals.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xl. 450.
A bule … One the maister thef ruschit
?1438 Alex. i. 3279. a1500 Henr. Fab. 1418 (Bass.).
The nobill lyoun … with his pow the maister mous he tuke
1590 Burel Queen's Entry 14.
I mene the maister mair, The prouest
(2) a1400 Leg. S. xxviii. 502.
That scho ourcumyne had The maister feynd
1540 Lynd. Sat. 1322.
Quhat maister feind neids all this hoist?
1549 Compl. 134/30.
I suspect that ȝour successour sal be the master deuyl
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4020.
The maister deuell mot scald thea.

c. Applied to things, = main, principal, chief. ?1438 Alex. i. 2671.
Richt to the maister renk [F. les mestres rens] he raid
Ib. ii. 3596.
The kingis knichtis … Ar cummin richt to the maister tour [F. la maistre tour]
Ib. 38. 1456 Hay I. 47/8.
Thair maister citee was als mekle as Rome or as Cartage
1513 Doug. ii. vi. 115.
Amyd the cite we held the master streit
Ib. viii. 74.
Be that in twa the master bar ilk deill Is al tofruschit
1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. 185.
It is the cheif maister sennoun to knit althe membres
1618 Trial Isobel Inch 13.
The juglour cuist in the sey … one litle rid stane … quhilk was … termit to him to be the maister ston
1637 Rutherford Lett. (1891) 413.
The Lord made him the masterstone of power
1638 Drummond Wks. (1711) 170.
The … master-beams of religion being faith, hope and charity
1691 Cochran-Patrick Coinage II. 238.
The heid and reverse maister puncheons of the croun piece

14. A skilled tradesman, qualified to carry on trade on his own account, to employ others and to train apprentices.Also pas-, past-, passit-maister, qq.v.Normally also one who has been admitted to the freedom of his craft.Ambiguity or merging with sense 5 also occurs. 14.. Acts I. 336/2.
Thai mak tham [skinners] maisteris or thai can the craft, in grete skaithing of … the peple
1483 Edinb. Hammermen's Seal of Cause.
That al vnfre hammirmen … cum to the masteris of the saidis craftis or he be maid maister to be examit gif he be worthi tharto
1500 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 82. 1510 Ib. 128. 1516 Murray Early B. Organ. I. 361. 1517 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 171. 1520 Ib. 200.
Ilk bonetmakar wyrkand at thar awin hand as ane maister sall pay [etc.]
1525 (1527) Reg. Great S. 97/1. 1531 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 54, 55. 1548 St. A. Baxter Bks. 3. 1569 Edinb. Hammermen II. 2.
The aith gevin be euerie hammerma[n] befoir he be admittit … in maister and freman of his craft
1573 Edinb. Skinners in Bk. O. Edinb. C. VI. 60, 61. 1587 Dundee B. Laws 480.
Gif ony prenteis desyris to becum maister at the ischa off his prentischip
1598 Edinb. Masons 4.
That na maister ressaue … ane vther maisteris prenteis or servand that salhappin to ryn away fra his maisteris seruice
1607 Dundee B. Laws 410, etc. 1613 Ib. 409.
Jhoun Dunkin … is becowm mester to the skenner craft
1613 Dunferm. B. Rec. II. 106.
It is not lesum … to any master of art to exercise tua craftis in his person
1622-6 Bisset II. 237/22 etc. c 1628 Glasgow Masons 50. 1634 Edinb. Masons 3 July.
Admitet fellow off the craft be … [the] deken and … warden and the hell rest off the mesteres of mesones off Edenbroch and ther to eurie mester heath supscriuet
1650 Glasgow Wrights Acts 6.
The present deacone and maisteris of croft sall tack such course … that none of these who ar maisteris of croft and not gild brother [etc.]
1689 Murray Lyon Hist. Lodge Edinb. 126. 1699 St. A. Baxter Bks. 99.
The dickin and mastares

15. Attrib. with the designation of a tradesman, to denote one who is fully qualified (prec. sense) as distinct from an apprentice.Cf. 13 a, with which there may be ambiguity or merging.1456 Hay I. 281/27. (see Armourer n.). Ib. II. 163/31.
And that thare be bot thou allane gardener apon thame, and nocht mony maister gardenaris
a1500 Colk. Sow i. 295.
A maistir swynhird Swanky
a1500 Bk. Chess 1681.
Be thir irnis a maister sirurgiane
1513 Doug. vii. viii. 75.
Tyrrheus the maister storour
1546 Lynd. Trag. Card. 352.
Ane baxster, browster or ane maister cuke
1594 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 118.
Jhonn Roger, maister fensar
1598–9 Montgomery Mem. 239.
The statutis … to be obseruit be all the maister maissonis within this realme
1604 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 316.
All the maister weyvers
1622-6 Bisset II. 237/30, 238/2.
And the maister calfatter … salhave for everie day x s. … and everie maister wricht vij s.
1676 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 256.
The good toune hes beene destitute of a mester smyth these seaverall yeares past
1678 Brown Hist. Indulgence (1783) 292.
A master fashioner [= tailor]
1684 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 81.
Two master gunners and fireworkers

16. a. A male teacher in a school, a schoolmaster; a tutor or instructor generally (to a person, of a subject, etc.).Also Scule-maister n. and Commaister n. a1400 Leg. S. ii. 648.
Seneca … to Nero … In all tyme had master bene
Ib. xxv. 584, xl. 126. c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 276.
Alexander haid maisteris of science
1483 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II. 335.
Richard Boyl salhaf … the sang scule of Abirdene as principale maister of the samyn
a1500 Seven S. 23. 1513 Doug. Direct. 27.
Thank me tharfor, masteris of grammar sculys
1519 Dunferm. B. Rec. I. 298. 1524 Holyrood Chart. 257. 1533 Boece vi. xii. 209 b. a1538 Abell 58 a.
Alcuyn Charlis maistir
1551 Banff Ann. I. 28.
The maister schowill of Banff, Sir Wm. Clark
1555 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. VII. 51.
To ane maister of techin of ane skoill
1556 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 241. 1558 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 313. 1560–1 Inverness Rec. I. 53.
The master of scule
1565–6 Reg. Privy S. V. ii. 15/2. 1531 Vaus (1566).
I sell tell the maistir
1578–9 Perth Kirk S. MS. Jan. 12.
Jhone Suentoun mr of the sangschull
1595 Crim. Trials I. ii. 362.
They refusit to lat in thair maister
1596 Dalr. II. 126/9.
He … was elected maister to the prince
1597 Acts IV. 148/1. 1598–9 St. A. Kirk S. 879. 1600-1610 Melvill 14. 1640 Dundonald Par. Rec. 464, etc. c1650 Spalding II. 411.
Johne Camrell, maister of fenss
1666 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 224. 1682 Edinb. B. Rec. XI. 39.

b. A teacher in a University.In plur. also = the teaching staff, collectively (or in some instances perh. = the graduates, collectively).Also principall maister, maister principal.(1) a 1500 Coll. St. Salvator 158.
Tua half portuis … liand befor the masteris on the north syd chenyeit
1583 Sc. N. & Q. 2 Ser. IV. 171.
The principall and mrs. of the colledge representis the dene
1602 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 47, 52, etc. c1650 Spalding I. 139.
The rentes … quhilk … belongit to the maisteris and inward memberis of the said college
1679 Aberd. Council Lett. VI. 163.(2) 1524 Balfour Pract. 614.
That all provestis, maisteris, regentis and uther studentis … sall be fre … fra all taxatiounis
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 10. 1583 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 305.
That maister Duncane Nairn be resauet … secund maister in thair college
1588 Coll. St. Salvator 174.
That the maisteris that begynnis with the classes sall teiche thame fordwart … and that the discipules sould not change maisteris
1597 Acts IV. 148/1. 1663 Lamont Diary 163.
Mr. Aedam … was admitted measter of humanitie in the Old Colledge
1694 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 315.(3) 1579 Acts III. 182/1.
In the Collegis of humanitie & philosophie the principall mr. and the laweir and the mathematiciane … for his awin fie
1591 Edinb. Test. XXIII. 93.
Mr James Wilkie, mr. principal of St. Leonardis College

c. A master of disciples or followers; one whose teaching or example a person follows. a1400 Leg. S. i. 59.
That he [Peter] is master cuth deny
Ib. iv. 150.
It is nocht myn maister lar That [etc.]
c1420 Wynt. iv. 1080.
As Oros … Wrat till his mastyre Saynt Awstyne
1456 Hay II. 111/10.
Oure maister Platoun
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 9.
Virgill … Maister of masteris
Ib. 410.
My mastir Chauser
1533 Gau 25/9.
We neid noder to … leir of oder vane maisters quhat guid warkis we suld dw
1581 Hamilton Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 85/3.
Sic maister, sic disciple
1596 Dalr. II. 126/11.
That the maistre sa shortlie sulde follow the disciple
1629 Justiciary Cases I. 102.
The devill hir maister

d. One's superior; a person who excels one in authority, learning, expertise or the like. a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 375.
For thou sik malice of thy maister mutis
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Ib. 114. ? 1662 Postscript for Lysimachus Nicanor 9.
In this arte they are your maisters, yee are but meere novices

17. a. A scholar of authority, a man of learning. Also attrib.Also const. in, of a branch of learning.Maister of the Sentence (Peter Lombard), of (the) Story (Petrus Comestor), see Sentence n., Story n. c1420 Wynt. v. 591.
Off Rome syne the maystrys all In till hys presence he gert call
Ib. viii. 679. c1420 Ratis R. 1620.
Misteris [sic] of sciens gret and wys
1456 Hay I. 106/19.
This is the opynioun of oure maisteris and doctouris
Ib. II. 111/2.
A notable and expert maister in astronomy
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 3632.
Ane wise maister of the lawis
a1500 Seven S. 24, etc. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5024. c1590 Fowler I. 58/50.
A maister gritt in Cupid's court
attrib. 1513 Doug. xii. vii. 109.
Throw manis mycht was neuer wrocht this cuyr, Nor be na mastir craft of medycyne

b. A holder of a Master's degree of a University.See Laureat a. (n.) 2 b, Laureat v. 2 a (1), Laureation n. (a), for some further examples. 1380 Inscr. in Soc. Ant. XXX. 42.
Heyr lyis Ingram of Kethenys prist maystr in arit
c1420 Wynt. viii. 409.
A clerk solempne in sere sciens, Mayster [C. maistyr] off art
1456 Hay I. 2/20.
Gilbert of the Haye knycht, maister in arte and bachilere in decreis
c1500 Fyve Bestes 177. a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 29.
Mandrag, mymmerkin, maid maister bot in mowis
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 13.
Ane of profession of medicine passit maister, and ane regent in humanite
1581 Hamilton in Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 85/24.
In theologie euerie ane pritends to be vearie lairnet vithout all instruction of doctors and maisters
1607 Glasgow Burgesses 34.
Quhen he is maid maister at Lambes nixt
1650 Rothiemay Kirk S. in J. Gordon's Hist. I. App. lvi.
Wrytten mostly by William Watt clerke or rather maister in our present want of a clerke

c. Maister clerk (Clerk n. 2). = a or b above. a1538 Abell 9*a.
Patryk Hammylton maistir clark [was burnt] for the sam
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4928.
Thair was ane maister clark Dwelling in Rome, … Callit Virgill
a1586 Maitland Ho. Seytoun 26.
Gilbert, ane maister clerk, deit in Rome
Ib. 33.

d. Maister act (Act n. 4).The public maintaining of a thesis for a master's degree; the ceremony at which this took place. 1528 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 121.
To propin Maister Hector Boyis to his maister ack in theologie with ane townn of wyne
c1650 Spalding I. 225.
Thair wes no maister act keipit in either of the Abirdeins at Lambes as wes vsit befoir, bot thair young scolleris wes maid maisteris befoir tyme

18. One who is skilled or adept at (of, in, into) some thing or doing something.Maister of activity, see Activity n. c1420 Ratis R. 716.
Than ar thai all had in disspyt That ere ware maisteris of delyt
15.. Clar. v. 830.
All the ladies … He feistit hes, … With mirrie wordis … For he ane maister was and no scolleir Into sike thing
1572 Sat. P. xxxiii. 224.
Wyfis maisters bene in geuing haill counsell To lords and lairds

19. As a mode of address.a. To one who is one's lord, master, teacher, etc. (senses i, 5, 16 a, 16 c) or who has the rank of a master (senses 10, 14, etc.). Chiefly sing.sing. a1400 Leg. S. v. 569.
Myn mayster lord Jhesu
Ib. xii. 165.
[Judas:] Master, thare-for dyces thé nocht
?1438 Alex. ii. 455.
(Alexander to Aristotle)
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1384 (Bass.).
Esope, my maister venerabill, I yow beseik
c1475 Wall. ix. 79.
[Wallace to the master of the ship]: Maister … quhat has amowit thé?
1513 Doug. xiii. Prol. 107.
(Douglas to Mapheus Vegius)
1554 Duncan Laideus Test. 156.
Than be the way me haistalie thar metis My companions … Sayand, ‘Maister, weilcum, be Alhallous’
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1490.
(The gardener to his master)
Ib. 4555.
[The knight to a barber:] ‘Maister, ar ȝe gudlie expart In blude latting?’
1590–1 Crim. Trials I. ii. 239.
The Devill … callit ewerie man be his name and ewerie ane ansuerit, ‘Heir, mr.’
plur. 1540 Lynd. Sat. 4160.
Adew iny maisters wrichts and maissouns, I haue neid to leir ȝow few lessouns
1562-3 Winȝet I. 12/20.
Sum for saying only to our ruid reformearis, My maisteris, ȝour doctryne plesis vs

b. plur. and sing. More loosely as a term of respect or politeness: Sir(s); gentlemen.plur. c1420 Wynt. viii. 2562.
Lordis, falowys and maystris now Wyth stowt hart ilkane off yhow Set[tis] agayne this ane assay
a1500 Henr. Fab. 29. (Bass.).
Of this author, my maisteris, with ȝour leif [etc.]
1540 Lynd. Sat. 665.
Quhat ar ȝe sirs all of ane natioun? Maisters I speik be protestatioun [etc.]
a1585 Arbuthnot Maitl. Q. xlv. 25. 1571 Fam. Rose 258.
Maistres, upoun my lauche I sall [etc.]
sing. 1540 Lynd. Sat. 3090.
[Dissait, to Sergeant:] Allace maister ȝe hurt my crag
c1550 Id. Meldrum 795.
[The captain of the English privateer to Meldrum:] Thairfoir gude maister saue my lyfe

20. The style of the lineal or collateral male heir-apparent to an earldom or lordship.The designation is that of the earldom or lordship, as Maister of Huntle, Maister of Marschal, Maister of Maxwell.Also with the addition ȝoungar as the style of the heir-apparent's eldest son: cf. also Maistres n. 9. 1548 W. Patten Exped. into Scotl. 35 in Dalyell Fragm. Sc. Hist. (Edinb. 1798).]
[The Scottes call the son and heyre of euery lord the master of the house and surname whereof hys father is called lord
16.. Crim. Trials II. 297.
Heaffing to his secund broder ane gallant manne quha wes stylit Maister and had to name Mr Allexander Ruthwene
1641 Baillie I. 379. Mackenzie Precedency 38.
With us the eldest sons of lord barons are design'd Masters, as the master of Rosse &c. And of old the uncles of lords, after the death of their elder brother, though he left a son, were called Masters, till the nephew had a son
(1) 1439–40 Sc. Hist. Rev. XXIV. 289.
[Dominus Robertus de Keth magister eiusdem
1485 Chart. (Reg. H.) No. 517.]
Nos Angussium de insulis magistrum
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 219/9.
The master of Douglas
1489 Treas. Acc. I. 107.
For the master of Crafurde
1490 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 102.
To Alexander maister of Huntle
1497–8 Acta Conc. II. 128.
Wilyeam, Erle of Eroll … and Wilyeame Hay, maister of Eroll
1509 Douglas Chart. 189. 1524 Reg. Privy S. I. 491/2.
The maister of Merschell
1526 Ib. 520/2. 1529 Sutherland Chart. 92. 1533 Boece xvi. viii. 623 b.
James Douglas master of Dalkeith with his 2 brithir [slain]
1534 Boyd Fam. P. No. 11 (17 April).
Mr William Cuningham knicht, maister of Glencarn
1542 Reg. Privy S. II. 742/1.
Maister of Hume, son and apperand are of George, Lord Hvme
1546 Reg. Privy C. I. 32. Ib. 42. 1547 Armstrong Liddesdale App. lxxxiii. 1548 Prot. Bk. G. Grote 67.
To tua servandes of the maister of Halis, … to ane servande of the said maisterris
1549 Compl. 103/14. 1553 Treas. Acc. X. 190. 1557 Inverness Sheriff Ct. MS. 64.
The said maistyr of Olyphant
1568 Douglas Chart. 266.
Be the mr. of Mairschell and the rest of the barrownes of the Meirnes
1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 2.
Johnne maister of Grahame nepote and heyre to the Erll of Montroise
1578 Moysie 8, 11. 1583 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 531. 1584 Reg. Privy C. III. 644. 1585 Reg. Great S. 257/1.] 1597 Exch. R. XXIII. 201.
[Georgio comiti de Cathnes, Jacobo magistro de Cathnes ejus fratri
1604 Stewart Mem. 112. 1606 Reg. Privy C. VII. 211. 16.. Crim. Trials II. 297.
Quhenne the maister of Gowrie schew him all this
Ib. 294. 1649 Lamont Diary 4.
The meister of Burley
c1650 Spalding I. 192. 1665-76 Lauder Jrnl. 14. 1680 Cunningham Diary 21. 1697 Cramond Kirk S. IV. 15 Nov.
That the lord and master of Balmerino are [etc.]
1697 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Reg. H.) 15 Aug.
Alexander viscount of Kenmure, William Gordon master of Kenmure
(2) 1550 Treas. Acc. IX. 418.
For ane hors to the Maister of Sympill ȝoungar
(3) 1526 Reg. Privy S. I. 521/2.
To William lord Symple, Robert maister Symple, David Symple [etc.]
1559 Reg. Morton I. 8.
Williame maister Merschell
1568 Douglas Chart. 265.
My lord meisteir Mairschall, luiftennent
1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 2.(4) 1558-66 Knox II. 320.
Andro Stewart, Lord Ochiltree … commanded his sone, Andro Stewart, then Maister [etc.]
1580 Waus Corr. 230.
Ye mane writ scharple to the Mastar [sc. of Glamis] for [etc.]
16.. Crim. Trials II. 297.
That the Maister suld ryd to the King

21. Prefixed to the personal name of a man.a. Prefixed to the Christian name and surname, or, esp. when the full name has been given earlier, to the Christian name alone, chiefly of one who is a Master of Arts (sense 17 b).‘Masters’ in this use were often clergymen or schoolmasters, and so the occurrences are very numerous indeed, the following representing only a very small sample of the total. For the distinction, in pre-Reformation times, from schir, see that noun and Knox (W.S.) I. 555–8.Also prefixed to the Christian names of male heirs apparent of lordships (cf. prec. sense).Also applied in other uses (including 14 above) to foreigners, after MDu. meester, Eng. master.(1) a 1638 Orkn. Misc. I. 55/1.]
[Masters none are calld but such as have taken degrees in the universitie
1385 Red Bk. Grandtully I. 138*.
Maystir Dunckane Petyte
1395 Menzies Charters MS. (Reg. H.) 10 Feb.
Wytnes a reuerend man … Maystyr Water Trayl
1398–9 Acts I. 210/2. c1420 Wynt. vii. 1829, 2219; viii. 2392, 3288. 1421 Douglas Chart. 57. 1424 State P. (Reg. H.) No. 14.
Be yhour clerk maister Alexander of Foulerton
1431 Buccleuch Mun. II. 28. 1438 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 265. 1443 Reg. Episc. Brechin. I. 96. 1466 Peebles B. Rec. I. 155. 1473 Treas. Acc. I. 19; etc. c1475 Wall. ix. 1944, etc.
Maistir Jhon Blayr
1486 Exch. R. IX. 614. 1489 Wemyss Chart. 115. 1501 Treas. Acc. II. 95.
To maister William Dunbar
1502 Ib. 79.
To maister Andro Makbrekkis first mes
a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 497.
Greit in the glaykis, gude maister Gilliam Gukkis
c1500-c1512 Dunb. iv. 58, etc. 1520 Fife Sheriff Ct. 187. 1531 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 48. 1532 Exck. R. XVI. 551. 1534 Ib. 584. 1543 Blackfriars Perth 197. 1544 Corr. M. Lorraine 76.
Master Gorge Froster bayle of Leytht
1546 Acts II. 475/2. 1546 Reg. Privy C. I. 37. 1556–7 Reg. Privy S. V. i. 17/1.
Maister Edwarde Henrysoun, Doctour in the Lawis
1557 Peebles B. Rec. I. 238. 1560 Rolland Seven S. Prol. 24. 1558-66 Knox I. 459. 1573 Dickson & Edmond Ann. Sc. Printing 260.
Be m. Johne Dauidsone
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 166.
Mr Michell Elphinstoun
a1578 Pitsc. I. 1/3. Ib. 308, h. of ch. 1581 Cath. Tr. 102/10, etc. 1582 Conv. Burghs I. 138. 1585 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 410. 1589 Waus Corr. 441. 1599–1600 Misc. Spald. C. V. 126.
Maister Johne Skene, clerk of register
1603 Conv. Burghs II. 161.
Maiester Alexander Kellie, commissioner for Dumbar
1619 Perth Kirk S. MS. 5 Jan.
Maister Johne Malcome and Mr Johne Gutherie, ministeris
1630 Inchaffray Reg. 103. 1632 Cullen B. Ct. 6 June.
Vnder … subscription of maister Wm Leslie, notar
1633 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 390.
1639 Baillie I. 238.
c1641–54 J. Gordon in Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II. 513, 553, 571.
c1650 Spalding I. 258. 1649 Brechin Presb. 9, etc. 1669 Burnett Fam. P. MS.
The said maister Thomas Reid
1675 Cullen Kirk S. 5 Nov.
Mr Robert Skein, schoolmaister at Cullen
1678 Wemyss Chart. 254; 1701 Cramond Kirk S. IV. 14 Mar.; 1711 Old Ross-shire I. 43.
plur. 1572 Stewart Mem. 104.
Maisturis Henrie Kynros, Johne Scharpe
1586 Reg. Privy C. IV. 74.
Maisteris Andro and James Melvillis, maisteris of the New College
(2) 1457 Reg. Dunferm. 344.
Langand the said master Patrik & his moder
1486 Bk. Carlaverock II. 447.
For the saule heil of the said maister Jhone
1493 Acta Conc. I. 315/1, etc. 1500 Reg. Episc. Brechin. I. 219. a1500 Prestis of Peblis 50.
Tald … be master Jhon
1520 Fife Sheriff Ct. 189. 1537 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 414. 1543 Glasg. Chart. II. 505. 1586 Conv. Burghs I. 223. 1603 Strathendrick 131.
The said Mr William
J. Gordon in Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II. 572; 1647 Glasg. B. Rec. II. 123.
(3) c1550 Lynd. Test. Meldrum 208.
My lord Lindesay, … Maister Patrik, with ȝoung Normond, ȝour brother
1600 Acts IV. 203/2.
Eftir that maister Alexander had comeit ane certane space with his hienes
c1612 Skene Memorabilia 13.
The Erle of Gowrie … slane with his brother M. Alexander Ruthwen … 1600
(4) 1509 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 125.
Til our familiar and daily seruitour maistir Stephane, ypothegar
1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 512.
For … lumbart paper to maister Hannys [sc. the Flemish gunner]
1524 Douglas Corr. 95.
Maister Magnus, ambaxater to the Kingis grais of Englande

b. Less commonly prefixed to a surname. In quots. Henr. and 1637 and perh. others, appar. = (1) and (2) above. In quot. 1660, cf. sense 20. In most other instances echoing Eng. master (? also F. maître), as a polite title given to any gentleman or other man deserving of respect or deference.(1) a1500 Henr. Fab. 1155 (Bass.).
I, Maister Wolff, partles off fraud and gyle
1570 Sat. P. x. 81.
Schir Morpheus … led me captiue vnto maister Slumber
1637 Rutherford Lett. (1664) 139.
More … learned than I am mrs Dickson, Blair & Hamilton
1685 Sinclair Satan's Inv. World 200.
To the minister there, Master Wilkie
1684 Bk. O. Edinb. C. IX. 145.
To put Mr Carstaires in the ordinar irons
(2) 1660 Mercurius Caledonius Dec. 31.
Master Murray, brother to the Earl of Atholl, as carver
(3) 1505–6 Treas. Acc. III. iii.
To Maister Hunt, the Quenes maister cuke
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 271.
[An Englishman] Maister Talbart was his name
1568 Mary in Ellis Orig. Lett. i Ser. III. 253.
Mester Knoleis
c 1571–9 Buch. to Cecil in Facs. Nat. MSS. III. lxvi.
As to maister Knokis
a1578 Pitsc. II. 116/4.
Scho maid ane Mr Rwbie controllar
1603 Moysie 27. c1610 Melville Mem. 266.
Mester Randolphe wes send in with this ambasad
Ib. 362.
Mester Draikis
1617 Stirling B. Rec. I. 148. 1690 Cramond Kirk S. III. 9 Oct.
The said Mr Forbes

22. Prefixed to the designation of an office. 1500–1 Acta Conc. II. 484.
Maister Marchemond Herrald [asked instrument, etc.]

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