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Offerand, Offrand, n. Also: offerr-, ofer-, hoffer-, ofr-, affer- and -ande, -aund, -end. [ME. offrand, offronde (Cursor M.), offerand(e (a 1400), offrend(e, ofrende (13th c.), OF. offerende, offerande, offrande, med. L. off(e)renda. (Cf. Offering vbl. n.)]

1. The action of making a religious offering, oblation or sacrifice or the thing so offered; a (religious) offering, an oblation.Also comb. with sacrifice, holocast.(1) c1450-2 Howlat 472.
[He] Come to the haly graf … With offerandis and vrisons
1456 Hay I. 68/2.
That unrychtwis offerandis ar nocht acceptable
1474 Treas. Acc. I. 64.
Gevin … for the hail offerandis for this ȝere xx li.
1489 Ib. 113.
To the Kingis offerrande, a demy
Ib. 124.
1491 Ib. 171.
1502 Ib. II. 77; etc. 1513 Doug. ii. iii. 13.
This huge hors … Quhat is it? ane offerand [Ruddim. offerend] of sum halynes?
Ib. iv. ii. 21.
The altaris wyth fat offerandis Ay chargyt full
Ib. i. vi. 51; etc. 1533 Boece xi. xi. 429.
Vsing peregrinacioun and offerandis in diuers kirkis
Ib. ii. iv. 63 b.(b) 1540 Lynd. Sat. 2232.
Now lowis thy purs and lay doun thy offrand
1549 Compl. 8/4.
The grite offrandis that vas offrit be riche opulent men
1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. in 1573-1600 Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 219/12.
The King of kings ressauit in a guid part the smal offrande of a litle denire
(2) a1400 Leg. S. x. 257.
Gold & siluer … To gyfe the apostil as offerande
Ib. xxvi. 1068.
He tuk the secund coupe … & one the altare fore offerand It set
c1420 Wynt. v. 4902.
Syne gywe thame [candles] wp in till offerand [C. offrande]
Ib. 1797. c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 53/15. 1511 Treas. Acc. IV. 176. 1531 Edinb. Hammermen 132.
Gauderit … one Sanct Eloiis day in offerand
(3) a1400 Leg. S. xvii. 263.
The quhilk … Quhen he his offerand had mad Hele gat
Ib. xx. 83.
Cryst aperyt to Blasis sycht & sad, ‘Ryse & mak me oferand!’
Ib. xxxiii. 838.
Dacyane made Of George offerand to God
c1420 Wynt. vii. 713.
He mad this devote offerand Bath to God and man plesand
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 165.
Off dowis twa his offerand than maid he
Ib. 239. 1513 Doug. iii. iii. 55.
A cleyn sacrifyce and offerand maid I syne
Ib. ii. 138. 1535 Stewart 34825.(b) c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 625.
In recompensioune for-thy Of it to Pallas thar offrand Thai wold mak
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 2623. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2368.
Sum makis offrande to Sanct Eloye
(4) 1513 Doug. iv. v. 83.
Onto thi templis dayly we Bryngis offerand
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2318.
In pylgramage … With offrand and with orisoun
Ib. 2404.
To bow ȝour body … Tyll ony ydoll … Geueand thame offerand or oblatioun
(5) comb. 1513 Doug. x. ix. 86.
The Troiane prynce … with hys brand hym brytnys at devys In maner of ane offerand sacryfys
a1568 Scott Bann. MS. 17 a/65 (see *Holocast n.).

b. An offering or gift, something humbly presented (to a person, ? esp. one of higher rank). a1500 Bk. Chess 445.
To pleis this prince thai brocht in offerand A ȝoung virgyne
1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. in 1573-1600 Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 219/9.
Ressaue this litil offrande, maist gracious prince

2. Church offerings, collectively; esp. as viewed as part of the regular income or emoluments of a particular church or benefice.Also said of offerings exacted as regular dues (and appar. sometimes extended to include the mortuary dues): see also Pasch offerand, Pasch n.a. plur. b. sing.a. 1483 Acta Aud. *118/2.
The … parochionaris … wrangwisly withaldis … the offerandis teindis and froitis of the said kirk
1515 Fife Sheriff Ct. 17.
The said personis had spoilȝeit & takyne wp the … teynd froittis offerandis & deuiteis of his said personaige
1528 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. II. i. 1540 Lynd. Sat. 3353.
I gat gude payment of my temporall lands My buttock-maill, my coattis and my offrands
1543 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. ix. 19.
With all and sindry teynd schavis … afferandis, emolumentis [etc.]
1546 Lynd. Trag. Card. 299. c1552 Id. Mon. 4427.
[King] David … did founde … Fyftene abbayis with temporall landis Withouttin teindis and offerandis
Ib. 2208, 2312. Ib. 4479 [see Cors-present n. (b)]. 1553 Reg. Cupar A. II. 111; etc. c 1560 Orig. Par. II. ii. 427.
The said haill provestrie consistit in offrandis and the vicarage of Tayne, of the quhilk vicarage the kirk kow and clayth with the pash offrandis ceis, and only restis teind lamb and teind lynt
1586 Bk. Univ. Kirk II. 660 (see Corps-present n.).b. 1479 Acta Conc. I. 28/2.
Quhil thai haue restorit again to the said maister Robert the fruytis that thai deliuerit to vtheris bath corspresand & offerand
1513 Edinb. Hammermen 53.
In walx & other expensis one Sanct Lucis day mair na the offerand extendit to v s. viij d.
1522 Ib. 107.
Resauit on Sanct Loys day of oferand in the kerk [40/-]
1529 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 104.
All our Lady offrand and kyrk lairis to be input dayly in to ane box
1558-66 Knox I. 39.
That thair chapellis may be the better renouned and thair offerand may be augmented
1579 Reg. Privy S. VII. 312/2.
[A tack of part of the parsonage and vicarage of Girvann] as teind lamb [etc.] … teind scheis, small offerand
1598–9 Elgin Rec. 70.
[Two elders] for onvaitting on the offerand and taikins appointit at the kirk dur

c. Attrib. in offerand stok (on which see Sc. Eccles. Soc. IX. 150 f., and frontispiece). — 1522 Soc. Ant. XX. 52.
To William Hudsoun for the mending of the offerand stok at the alter and for ane key thairto xvi d.

3. ? The offertory, that part of the Mass at which offerings were made. = Offertour n.So also F. offrande (14th c. in Godef.). c1420 Wynt. v. 922.
Quhill the day efftyre nowne That mes and offerand ware all downe
Ib. 3855 (C).
Herande the messe … Qwhil don and rede was the ewangille And kepit the tyme of the offrande
Ib. 4189 (R).
Quhill this Pape Leo wes Syngand on Pask day hys mes, A fayr woman at the offerand … come and kyssyd hys hand

4. In Aberdeen: The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Luke ii. 22 f.) as celebrated on Candlemas day by a procession which appar. culminated in a religious play.Presumably as the occasion on which Christ was offered to God and to Simeon, on which the Holy Family offered their sacrifice and on which the worshippers offer their candles and money offerings.For further discussion see Mill Mediæv. Plays 65–7. 1442 Aberd. B. Rec. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 116.
Thire craftez vnderwrittin sal fynd ȝerely in the offerand of oure lady at Candilmes thire persones vnderwrittin that is to say the littistarez sal fynd the emprioure [etc.], … the talȝourez sal fynd oure lady, Sancte Bride [etc.] … the webstarez and walkarez sal fynd Symion and his disciplez [etc.]
1484–5 Ib. 117.
That the talȝouris & al vthiris crafttismen … sal … beyr thare takynnis of thare craft apon thare breistis in thare best aray on Candilmes day at the offerand
1492–3 Ib. 118.

b. Appar. also generalized to apply to other religious representations. — 1491 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. I. 255.
And that thai [chaplains] vs nocht to say mes in tyme of processionis and offerandis

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