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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Non(e, pron., a. and adv. Also: nonn(e, noin, noyn. [Midl. and south. ME. non(e (12–13th c.), noon, e.m.E. non(e, used in place of Nane.] No one; not any, no; nothing, not at all. = Nane in various applications.

A.(1) c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 276 (Ch. & M.).
Off all hir lusty rosis redolent Is none in to thy gerland sett
Id. vii. 33.
Is none of Scotland borne faithfull and kynde [etc.]
1549 Compl. 7/16.
None of the subiectis
c1590 Fowler I. 233/13.(2) c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1033 (C).
It was kend to none Whethir that sche war ded or tone
Ib. 1243; etc. c1420 Wynt. viii. 5195.
None till othir mycht [etc.]
c1475 Wall. ix. 229.
Leyffand had beyn non
a1500 Bk. Chess 1882.
That throw inwy thai do to none offens
c1500-c1512 Dunb. l. 21.
Danceit non so on deis
Id. xlix. 42. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 488. Ib. 5497. a1578 Pitsc. I. 373/8.
Quhome non may contramand
1611 Crim. Trials III. 195.
Non knowing how this come to pass
1632 Lithgow Trav. 24.
Rauenna, which for antiquity will not bow her head to none in Italy
(3) a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 45.
Myght none fang it with force bot foullis
a1568 Scott xxxvi. 18. a1605 Montg. Misc. P. lii. 41.
Off all my wo hes non the wyt Bot I
1649 Sc. N. & Q. i Ser. XII. 75.
That thay admitt non to the ministerie … but suche vho [etc.]
1666 Laing MSS. I. 354.
(4) a1500 Bernardus 324.
To clerkis and qweynis cordis and to non ellys
a1500 Bk. Chess 1905.
Was none so blissit as thai vnderstud
a1500 Lanc. 1707.
Ther is non that knowith so wel
c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus ii. 642.
Thir thre … None leuand spairis
1572 Sat. P. xxxiv. 27.
In treasoun none lyik doe I find
c1590 Fowler I. 107/80. 1608 Misc. Spald. C.V. 376.
None any way suspect in religioun
1643 St. A. Baxter Bks. 40.
That heirefter nonn qtsower sall beack … any of the forsds kynds of breids
1653 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 254.
He wald not be compelled to goe … be non quhatsomever
1675 Forbes Baron Ct. 299.
Anj … idle persons nor non quo mack not travill
c 1668 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I. 440.
And non els to presume to putt their name in it
(5) 1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 538.
That few or none stude of ane vther aw
c1568 Lauder Minor P. ii. 63.
Ar none tretit so weill as thay
1628 Edinb. Univ. Chart. 121.
That non behave themeselffes inordourlie be the way
1677 McKay Kilmarnock 135. 1702 Conv. Burghs IV. 332.
That non be put to inferior schools who are fitt for the publick school
(6) 1681 Purves Revenue Crown 85.
Torphichen lordschip is thought to be non of the lordes of erectiones

B.(1) 1513 Doug. iv. i. 10.
For bissy thocht Noyn [v.r. None] eys hir membris nor quyet suffir mocht
1518 Fife Sheriff Ct. 98.
The quhilk chenȝe the said Waltere allegeit … was none aireschip nore pertenit nocht to the aire
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 383.
Thow sall nocht fynd in non estatis … Bot tiddious restles besynes
Ib. 684.
O gentyll redar, haif none indignatioun
a1570-86 Maitl. F. lix. 47.
Heir lestis none heretage
a1570-86 Maitland Ib. cix. 17.
I will not for none offence Flyt
1609 Melvill 784.
Irrite and of none effect
(b) a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 90.
That sege wald sit with none wrang Of berne that wes borne
1550 Coll. Aberd. & B. 181.
We ne neyn of ws in non tyme bigane hes giffin our consent … till non otheris
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 987.
They had none sic experience
Ib. 2448; etc.
None spott of fyre
(2) a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 37.
Resset couth thai find none
c1500-c1512 Dunb. iv. 97.
Sen for the deid remeid is non
Id. xxv. 95.
Quhair fische … is non bot spirling
Id. xlvi. 46.
Quhithir wes kythit thair trew lufe or none
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2178. a1568 Bann. MS. 231 a/31.
Sen … that asperans is non vnto [etc.]
1573 Davidson Sat. P. xlii. 414.
Ȝe wald gif all The teindis … Vnto the Kirk for till dispone And to the court for till giue none

C. a1400 Leg. S. xxi. 721.
Til hyme non answert he
1627 Fraserburgh Kirk S. II. 22 Aug.
He is deaff and heiris none
1635 Dickson Wr. 181.
I reckon none of byganes

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