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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mes-, Messe-preist, n. Also: -priest. [e.m.E. mass-priest, ME. messe-preste, OE. mæssepréost.] A priest who celebrates mass; a Roman Catholic priest; a (person's) chaplain. —(1) 1579–80 Reg. Privy C. III. 273.
Gif they brocht not hame agane thair messe preist, Sir Stevin Wilsoun
1589 Bk. Univ. Kirk II. 760.
Jesuits and seminary or messe priests
1661 Acts VII. 26/1.(2) 1594 Charteris Pref. Wall. in Misc. Bann. C. III. 175.
Maister Johne Blair … quha was … his mespreist and chaiplane

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