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Order, Ordre, Ordour, n. Also: ordir(e, -yr; ordoure, -owre, -or(e, -ur(e, -eur, oirdour, ourdour(e, -er. [ME. and e.m.E. ordre (a 1225), -er (Cursor M.), -ir, -our (Cursor M.), -ur (c 1400), F. ordre (11th c.).]

I. 1. A grade, class or position in a series, generally. 1531 Vaus 4.
Quhow mony ar impersonalis off the fyft ordoure

b. A rank or row of troops in battle array. (Render ing L. ordo.) 1533 Bell. Livy I. 233/19.
The effray … come fra the hyndmest parte of the armye … made sic troubill baith amang the ordouris [L. ordines] and the ensenȝeis that [etc.]
Ib. 238/26.
At thare bakkis was ane strait montane or cleuch, in quhilkis thai war surelie garnist with all thare ordouris

2. a. Rank in society, social status, station. b. A rank of a community, a particular class or grade of persons.With the nyne ordour of knavis (Bann. MS. 157 b/1) cf. next sense. 1490 Irland Mir. MS. 298 b.
And thar is gret ordoure and dignite ascendand fra the lauborare ore sempil persoune to the hier stag mare and mare
a1500 Colk. Sow i. 70.
On apostita freir … A wich and a wobstare … And mony vthir … Off all evill ordour
1492 Myll Spect. 291/20.
Be my ordour I may twiche na deid men
1513 Doug. i. xi. 19.
Fyfty damycellis … seruyt the queyn, Quhilkis bair the cure eftir thar ordour haill On purvyance of howshald and vittaill [etc.]
1533 Bell. Livy II. 120/25.
That the said Posthumeus suld nocht onelie be odius to him bot als to the hale ordoure
1562-3 Winȝet I. 64/2.
The faythfull sones of the haly catholik Kirk in Scotland of the inferiour ordour of clergy and layitmen
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. ii.
In the Principalis absence euery man in hys ordre sal haif hys jurisdiction and correction of the studentis
Ib. 34.
[They] dar aspyre to the hieast estait of kingdome yet hes rankit thame selffis in the lawest ordour of knaves
a1578 Pitsc. II. 68/23.
Quhatsoevir estait or ordour he be of
1579 Reg. Privy C. III. 241.
At … makand of knychtis lordis and erllis and utheris ordouris
1580 Hay in Cath. Tr. 53/4.
Affirming that distinction of ordour and degrie aucht nocht to be obserued in the Kirk of God
1596 Dalr. I. 105 marg.
Thrie ordouris of the realme, ecclesiastik, nobilitie and the laik sorte
Ib. 106/7.
The ecclesiasticall ordour … , that maist haly ordour
Ib. 279/20.
The Danes … being gentilis, spairet nouther ordour, kynd or age

3. One of the nine orders or ranks of angels, according to medieval angelology; also, the orders of angels collectively, the angelic host. a1400 Leg. S. xxx. 748.
Quhare gaderit ware in that hal Of angelis, prophetis, orderis al
c1420 Wynt. i. i.
In honowre of the ordrys [C. ordouris] nyne Off haly angelys
1490 Irland Mir. I. 120/1.
And to this applaudit the thre gerocheis and all haill the nyne ordouris
Ib. 145/12.
That sche … suld be lyftit aboue the ordoure of angellis
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 300/5.
Of thir ordouris a certane fell with Lucifer
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 1652.
Thocht I wer also fair in eloquens As ony ordour of angell cherubyn
15.. Dunb. App. ix. 26.
The souerane Senȝour … That sittis abone the ordour cherubin
1528 Lynd. Dreme 519.
In ordouris nyne thir spretis glorious Ar deuydit
Ib. 526.
The lawest ordoure ar of angelis brycht
a1538 Abell 90 b.
That halie saule wes … conwoit to the hie stage of the ordur of seraphin collocait in feit of Lucifeir
a1550 Ave Gloriosa 12. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5568.

4. One of the ecclesiastical orders or grades; also, ecclesiastical rank or grade.(1) a1400 Leg. S. viii. 90.
Thane prestis & deknys thare mad he … al the remaynyne to do That efferyte thare ordyr to
c1420 Wynt. v. 402.
Than ordanyd he Ordyrys [W. ordouris] ilke yhere to be Thare byschypys sex [etc.]
Ib. 4062.
Befor Mychalmes alsua Ordyrys he bade the byschapys ma
1456 Hay I. 130/35.
Efter the order, office and estate that he is ordanyt till
Ib. 291/35.
Hafand office of dyakyn that is the next order next prestehede
(2) a1538 Abell 28 b.
The Grekis … ar promowit to halie ordour nocht promittand chastite
(3) 1580 Hay in Cath. Tr. 63/17.
Concerning the question of superioritie and ordour in the Kirk, ar your bischops and ye accordit?

b. To tak or ressave ordour, or, latterly, ordouris, to take orders, be ordained as a clergyman; in ordour, within ordouris, in the position of an ordained clergyman.(1) c1420 Wynt. v. 3992.
Na clerk suld ordyr ta Off hys lymmys bot gyff he Ware hale
c1590 Fowler II. 50/32.
That Caluin and Beza … quha hes … neuer resauid sic ordours ar not to be haldin laufull pasteurs
c 1625 Misc. Spald. C. II. lv.
Doctor William Leslie doctor of phisick a seditious traffequer … is suspect to have receavit ordours
(2) c1475 Wall. xi. 1241.
A ȝong monk als with him in ordour stud
(3) 1531 Bell. Boece (M) II. 152.
He that is within ordouris sall nocht ansuere afoir ane prophane iuge
1546 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 228.
The said Maister Jerome and James allegit that tha aucht not to ansuer in the court … becaus tha ar clerkis and within ordouris

c. The conferment of holy orders, the rite of ordination.Latterly only as used by Catholics. c1450 Cr. Deyng (S.T.S.) 246.
The sacrame[n]tis … as … the ordour of presthed & matromo[n]ȝe
c1450-2 Howlat 229.
The feldifer … Be ordour ane hospitular was ordanit full able
c1500 Fyve Bestes 198.
Of haly ordour to resaif the crovne
1490 Irland Mir. (ed.) II. 71/3. Dunb. Arundel MS. 2/45. c 1560 Sc. Hist. Rev. XXI. 143.
And that the superstitiouse habit of his monkis with their ordour ceremoneis and service as you call it be removit
1580 Hay in Cath. Tr. 46/17.
Quhy deny the ordoure to be ane sacrament sen your maister Caluin dois confesse … it to be ane sacrament?
1581 Burne in Ib. 156/29.
The pouar of ordore is not sufficient to ane man to preache
c 1590 Cath. Tr. 251/4, 5, 6.
We confes not only the sacrament of ordre in general bot also al the pairtis of the samin: I meane the four les ordres togidder vith the thre uther called in the kirk holy ordres

5. a. A monastic or other religious society or fraternity; also, the distinguishing rule or discipline of such a fraternity.Also attrib. in ordur-buke. c1420 Wynt. vii. 662.
Chanownys he browcht … regulare In till Saynt Awstynys ordyr thare [C. ordir thar, W. ordinare, Au. ordur ar, E.2 ourdour ar]
Ib. viii. 675.
And off the orderis off the freris, Augustynys and Corduleris [etc.]
c1450-2 Howlat 177.
As abbotis of all ordouris that honorable ar
Ib. 189, 687. c1515 Asl. MS. I. 262/6.
King Dauid … foundit thire monasteries of diuers ordouris
1473 Lanark & R. 194.
Frere John Mure wicar generall of the ordour of prechouris
a1570-86 Kennedy Maitl. F. cxxxi. 4.
In till ane place of freirris Off ordour gray
1516 Reg. Privy S. I. 441/2. 1533 Boece xiii. viii. 514 b.
Contrare abbayis of the ordoure of Cisteous
Ib. 515 b.
Sanct Dominyk … institute the ordoure of freris predicatouris
a1538 Abell 93 b.
Gret Albert of the orduris of prechuris
Ib. 113 a.
Ordur of wemen penitent lous before of life beguth be Brodir Johne Tessarian of our ordur in Paris
1537 Reg. Privy S. II. 381/2. 1539 Reg. Cupar A. II. 5. 1540 Lynd. Sat. 3841.
That fragill ordour feminine
a1540 Freiris Berw. 26.
The four ordouris wer nocht for to seik
Ib. 474 (M).
That he appeir in till our habite quhyt … till our ordour it war ane grit despyte
Arundel MS. 279/7.
Ane abbay of Sanct Benedictis ordour
a1586 Maitland Geneal. Setoun 31.
Ane sister of the ordour of Sanct Katherin
1567 G. Ball. 205.
His Cordeleris and Augustinis, Sanct Frances ordour to
1596 Dalr. I. 221 marg. 1622-6 Bisset II. 118/11.
The ordoure of blak monkis called Sanct Benedictis ordoure
attrib. a1538 Abell 82 b.
He maid a collegion of the obseruance of regulair of channonis in a buke quhilk in wlgair ȝit in Scotland … is callit the ordur buke at the leist to thaim at come out of Oswaldis hes Scone & Inchaffra

b. A military society or fraternity having a distinguishing rule or constitution, such as the Knights Hospitaller or Templar. 1464 Soc. Ant. XVII. 315.
Frere Henry of Levyngstoune, preceptour of the ordir of Sanct Johne of Jerusalem
1497–8 Acta Conc. II. 99. a1538 Abell 81 b.
Ordour of templaris abowt this tyme beguth at we call reid freris
1564–5 Reg. Privy S.V. i. 538/2.
Johnne Francisco de Busso, knicht of the ordoure of Sanct James de Spada
1596 Dalr. II. 21/11.
Carle King … institute ane ordour of a hundir Scotis archiers

c. The fraternity of knights; the rule of life accepted by or considered proper to a knight.Freq. the order of knichthede. 1379 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 2.
Eftir that I had tane the ordre of knycht
1408 Ib. No. 69.
At Homyldoun qwen he gefe me the ordre of knychthed
c1420 Wynt. v. 124.
Kymbelyne … tuk syne off that empyrowre The ordyr off knychthed wytht honowre
1456 Hay II. 40/36. Ib. 1/5, 9/5, 16/14; etc.
All outrageus commoun vicius men ar nocht to be ressavit to the ordre of knychthede
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 794. a1500 Rauf C. 755.
Tak keip to this ordour, ane knicht I thé call
1494 Loutfut MS. 37 a.
And the hors is ordanit to serf the ordre of knythed
Ib. 134 b.
Them that had liflait sufficiently to hald wp the ordour in worschip
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxvii. 55. 16.. R. Gordon in Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II. 393.
Knights wer ane verie old and honourable order, ever conferd upon militarie men

Also d. applied to the body of heralds as constituting a similar fraternity. — 1494 Loutfut MS. 134 b.
Julius Cesar … gef thaim this honorable office as ane ordour quhen he maid thaim and gef thaim a name in special … to be callit herraldis

6. One of the knightly societies instituted by a sovereign or prince as a means of conferring honour. c1500-c1512 Dunb. vii. rubric.
Lord Barnard Stewart, Lord of Aubigny … consaloure … to … Loys, King of France, knight of his ordour [etc.]
1537 Treas. Acc. VI. 315.
For my Lord Erskynnis super expensis … for stallatioun of the Kingis grace in the ordour of the garten
1549 Compl. 148/16, 18.
The Empriour makkis the ordur of knychthed of the fleise … the King of Ingland makkis the ordour of knychthede of the gartan
c1615 Chron. Kings 150.
Gaiff him the styll off Prince of Wallis and maid him knycht of the oirdour of the garter
1627 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II. 559.
1687 Lauder Notices Affairs II. 808.
The knights of the noble order of The thristle or St. Andrew

b. The badge or insignia of such a society. 1538 Treas. Acc. VI. 394.
For mending of the Kingis ordour and target
1539 Soc. Ant. XXIV. 49.
Jowellis … The ordoure of France of the cokill and Sanct Michael with ane habit [etc.]
1539 Inv. Wardrobe 49. 1545 Treas. Acc. VIII. 376.
For mending of ane cheinȝe of my lord governoris of the ordour of the cokill
1550 Ib. IX. 424.
1551 Ib. X. 28.
a1578 Pitsc. II. 6/5.
The said order, to wit, ane abet maid according to the order, witht ane gartone of gould set witht precieous stouns [etc.]
1612–23 Mill Mediæv. Plays 207.
For making the scepter St. Andro and St. George with the ordour of the thrissell

7. Sequence, fixed arrangement or succession.Passing into next sense. 1490 Irland Mir. I. 21/16.
Turnand the ordoure, the first js [etc.]
1494 Loutfut MS. i a.
Quhar throw thai mycht be maid certane of the ordour that thai sald keip & … quhat form & maner thai suld gang
c1505-8 Donatus i b.
Qwhat is a coniunctione a part of oresone the quilk knitis ordour & sentens
1502–3 Mill Mediæv. Plays 118.
For the breking of commone ordinance in the situacioun & ordoure of the processioun
1560 Rolland Seven S. 6519.
Quhen thay cum into thair ordour sa
1562-3 Winȝet I. 129/15.
The magnifik ordour and multitude of sindry ministeris in the temple of God appointit be Dauid
1580 Hay in Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 67/30.
In this ordour of succession there is no Donatist to be foond
1585 James VI Ess. 75.
Efter the ordour of the alphabet
1596 Dalr. I. 317/4.
Quhilkes all conforme to thair ordour war kingis
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. iii. 12.
The mone … keeps a course and … in ane ordour waxis ay and wanis
1673 A Dialogue 50 in Fugitive Poetry II.
Their nonsense … Set up in rithme and ordour

b. Per, in or be ordre: in sequence, in succession; one after another; in proper sequence, in correct or suitable succession.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xxvii. 934.
& thai per ordir tald till hyme
c1420 Wynt. v. 4957.
And to the King thai tauld rycht sone Per ordyr all that thai had done
1513 Doug. ii. vii. h. of ch.
The woful end per ordour heir, allace, Followys of Troy
Ib. iii. vi. 172.
Direkking the leiffis per ordour furth on syde
Ib. viii. xii. 119.
The pepill … passand per ordour, all on raw In langsum tryne
Ib. vi. xv. 102; etc.(2) a1400 Leg. S. Prol. 148.
The apostulis … In ordour set as I find it … in haly wryt
1496 Acta Conc. II. 28.
And sa furth in ordoure
a1500 Bk. Chess 60.
The proper moving Of euery man in ordour to this king
1505–6 Mill Mediæv. Plays 120.
Thai sale in ordire … pas tua & ij to gidder socialie
1531 Vaus s.v. De coniunctione.
Sum coniunctionis precedis the copulatis in ordour
1537 Lynd. Depl. Magd. 141.
Syne, last of all, in ordour triumphall, That most illuster princes
Ib. 152. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 4716.
Haue ȝe tane this taill weill in ordour?
1560 Bk. Disc. 240.
We think it most expedient that the scripturis be red in ordour
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 381.
The secund … discussit in ordour cleir
1577 Bk. Univ. Kirk I. 389.
Collectit in ordour and digestit in one bodie
a1578 Pitsc. I. 10/25. a1605 Montg. Misc. P. li. 32.
The asters cleir … Lyik diamontis … in ordour glisteris on hir goun
c1590 Fowler I. 113/27.
I can not weill in ordour tell [etc.]
(3) 1456 Hay II. 41/8.
Of the proces of the making of knychtis be order
Ib. 143/10.
For men suld ordane four chaumeris, ilkane besyde othir be order
a1500 Seven S. 2232.
Ȝour son … Thai will mak king in to ȝour steid Bot ȝe be ordour gar thaim heid
1598 James VI Basil. Doron 82/3.

8. Ordered disposition or array, or methodical arrangement.a. Of a military force or organised group of persons.Also in ordour, in gude or gret ordour (also to put in ordour, sense 18 a, and out of ordour, sense 18 b).(1) 1533 Boece iii. iii. 93 b.
Cassibilane … directit his folkis … to brek the ordoure of inemyis
Ib. xi. xviii. 443 b.
The Scottis armye … dissolute of ordoure or array
Ib. xiii. ix. 518 b.
Alexander … fering na dangere bot suffering his folkis ride dissolute but ordoure at thare plesure
1535 Stewart 17564 h. of ch.
Heir followis the maner and the ordoure gangand befoir the greit battell
Ib. 17608 h. of ch.
How Carentius maid gude ordour of his men
Ib. 26613. a1538 Abell 25 b.
Thai followit on thame nocht kepand ordour
Ib. 45 a.
The Saxonis seand this ordour thai trowit at the batell wes tharis
1540 Acts II. 363/1.
Be lering of ordour & bering of thare wapnis
1548 Corr. M. Lorraine 242.
And our greit haist but ordour
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 441. 1570 Leslie 197.
Almoste furth of ordoure
1596 Dalr I. 148/19.
Albeit thay fled, thay keipet thair ordour
(2) c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxvii. 46.
That seimlie sort, in ordour weill besein
1533 Boece xiv. xv. 569 b.
Scottis … apoun the ege of ane hill stude in ordoure
1540 Acts II. 363/2.
Ane quha sall be capitan … and sall leir thame to gang in ordour
1545 Corr. M. Lorraine 137.
The Scottis men of arms weill monttit and in ordour
1596 Dalr. II. 281/11.
He met with his aduersares … disponet in sik ordour that [etc.]
1615 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 329.
They … in ordour cam doun ellangous the haill toun to the mercat place and croce
(3) 1533 Boece i. vi. 44 b.
Pichtis … distribute thare men of were in cumpanyis … and arrayit thame in gude ordure for batell
Ib. iii. xx. 120. 1535 Stewart 38414. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2753.
One gret arme … In gret ordour tuke thare iorna [etc.]
a1578 Pitsc. I. 192/28.
Ane hundreithe thowsand men in awfull arrey and guide ordour
c1650 Spalding II. 318.
The Newtoun soldiouris wes standing … with cokkit luntis in good ordour

b. Ordered argument or arrangement of a literary composition, statement or the like. 1535 Stewart 90.
[The old histories were] Without order, fassoun or effect
Ib. 36085.
With so gude ordour into euerie thing This Donewald … schew to the king
a1578 Pitsc. I. 4/23.
And wrettaris hes so compendiouslie Sett thir auld storries in ordour diligentlie
1585 James VI Ess. 63.
To vse sklender reasonis … nather keiping forme nor ordour

c. Said of the divine plan: cf. next sense. — a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 1152 (Asl.).
Thus all his werkis gois richt in gud ordour
c1590 Fowler I. 156/9.
To all things nature ordour dois impose

9. The order or plan imposed on creation or creatures by God or nature; the course of nature, the divine plan.(a) c1400 Troy-bk. i. 563.
Quhen that he saw … The sone eclyps … Agaynis ordre [&] course of kynd
1558-66 Knox IV. 377.
For God … by the order of His creation … pronounced against the woman [etc.]
Ib. 393.
Sclaves to Satan, manifestlie fighting against God and His apointed ordre
(b) 1456 Hay I. 190/12.
For sa ȝede ordour bakwart qwhen the les ledis the mare
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 863 (Asl.).
Than sall the elymentis … All stand in quyet … As be gud ordor God has preordinat
1490 Irland Mir. II. 93/9.
For and he do … he wyrkis agane the ordour and naturalle inclinacioun of all creatur
a1500 K. Hart 637.
My terme wes set by ordour naturall
a1561 Q. Kennedy Breif Tract. (ed.) 11/15.
It is agane the ordour of nature
1590-1 R. Bruce Serm. 89.
The ordour sett down and established in nature

10. A scheme of the actual or proposed arrangement of anything, in certain specialised applications.

a. For a person's or persons' maintenance. b. Regular provision or allowance of board and lodging, one's ‘ordinary’ or ‘keep’ (Ordinar n. 5); one's living standard as determined by this. 1535 Stewart 58825.
And heild him ay in sporting and plesance With sic ordour pertenit to a prince
1552–3 Warrender P. II. 312.
That I adverteis ȝou of the order that wes maid … eftir my Lord Ersking departit
1552–3 Balcarres P. 312.
Madame, all the ordor that I had is tain fra me bot my denner and my soupper orderit with Barb and Hagal
I haif bot xxx pounds Scottis is ȝour grace knawis, but ordour of fyr, candell our ane choppyn of wyn
a1578 Pitsc. I. 337/17.
All thir thingis beand in order and prepairit as I haue schawin, hallis, chameris and witht costlie beding, weschell and naiperie according for ane king, nathing deminischit of his ordour more nor he had bene at hame in his awin palice

c. A scheme for the territorial organisation of the Reformed Church or for the regular and settled provision of ministers' stipends: cf. Plat n. 1574 Reg. Privy C. II. 414.
It is … providit that the ministeris … sall yeirlie uplift … aucht hundrith thre scoir pundis … for thair stipendis … according to the generall ordour laitlie takin anent the sustentatioun of the ministeris
1580 Bk. Univ. Kirk II. 469.
The estate of tyme, and lake of present ordour for establisching … of presbyteries
1581 Ib. 524.
That the brethren had … layd a plat of the presbytrie. … The assembly ordeaned the order hereof to be presented to the brethren
1583 Ib. 624.
To treat … for a solid order and forme of provisione of ministers stipends and estate of the Kirk
1593 Acts IV. 34/1.

11. Formal disposition or layout, overall form or content; hence, state, condition or manner, more generally.In gude ordour, ‘in good shape’, well constituted, provided and disposed; in good repair. Also in (ane) ordour, id.(1) c1450-2 Howlat 578.
Gif I sall schewe The order of thar armis, it war to tell teir
1568 Buch. Indict. 39.
Sche with the Erll Bothuele past to Drymen; in quhat ordour sche and he wes chalmerit thair anew saw that lykit litill the maner
a1578 Pitsc. I. 251/23.
Hir [a ship's] artaillȝe … was werie great and costlie to the King by all the laif of hir order
1584 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 352.
To … inquyre … the estait and ordour of the awld fundatioun of the lipper hous besyde Dyngwall
a1650 Row 314.
That the King would … invert the wholl ordour of our kirk
1685 Soc. Ant. LIX. 49.
That … ther might be many mor seats built and the loft put in another order
(2) 1589 Cal. Sc. P. X. 261.
Everie hagbutter … with his hagbutt and flaskes well mounted and in good ordour
1589 St. A. Kirk S. 651.
That the knok be kepit in guide ordour
1596 Dalr. II. 290/23.
Tha tuk the castel in gude ordour and weil fensed
(3) 1617 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II. 41.
For xii carvell nailles to naill the tries on plankis to keip the cannoun in ordour
1673 Rothesay B. Rec. 253.
Ane man to keip the knok in ane order as ane gangand knok
(4) 1631 Peebles Gleanings 95.
He sall … address him with thame to the kirk in cumlie and decent ordour

12. The, also a, regular or customary procedure in any operation or activity; correct procedure or method;6 rule'.Passing into sense 16.(1) 1456 Hay II. 64/32.
A knycht that … levis the ordre of … gude thewis
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 2058.
This buk schawis … Rycht reull and ordour of kingis gouernance
c1460 Regim. Princ. 204 (Fairf.).
Bot this is nocht the rycht ordoure [Marchm. ordir, Maitl. ordour] of justice
1490 Irland Mir. I. 19/23.
This haly orisoune dominicale schawis us the ordour of prayer
1526 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 82.
The saidis James [etc.] … to tak wyne and spyce as ordouris requiris of burges ayris in the burgh
1549 Compl. 13/16.
He began to teche the ordour of the veyris, declarand quhou that captans suld ordour battellis
1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 70.
Aganis all ordour and actis of parliament
c1575 Balfour Pract. 612. 1578 Edinb. Test. VI. 135 b.
His body to be bureit eftir the funerall ordour of intiring the faithfull Cristianes
1585 James VI Ess. 54.
Sa is the ordour of poesie changeit
c1590 Fowler II. 100/26.
The maner and ordour which they vsed in this sort off weirfair was [etc.]
Ib. 101/12.
All which ordours of sic tyme discepline wer brought in by thame and tollerated
a1628 Carmichael Prov. No. 443.
That ȝe … keip the reul & ordour following; Rules of Health. Do it with ane order as James McCartney supped his caill
(2) 1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 30.
Nathing has been done according to the forme of law, nathing in ordour, nathing efter the ancient usage

13. A prescribed or established sequence of proceedings or form of procedure in legal transactions, processes of court, elections, etc.; recognized procedure.Ordour of table, the sequence set out in a ‘table’ or list which determined in what succession causes etc. were to be called.(1) 1473 Acta Aud. 26/1.
The said alderman … has nocht falȝeit in the proces nor ourdoure of the seruing of the said breif
1533 Crim. Trials I. i. 162*.
Forsamekill as the ordour of our justice courtis ar gretumly abusit
1565 Instit. Ct. Sess. 4 b.
Horningis … to be callit at all tymes quhen thai cum without ordour, dyet or tabill
Ib. 13 b.
The forme and ordour of proces vsit befoir the lordis of the sessioun
1560 Bk. Disc. 227.
As the ordour of excommunicatioun … aucht to be grave and slow
a1585 Maitland Maitl. Q. li. 35.
Gar thame [the College of Justice] sone sum gud ordour devyis … To furder justice and schortin the lang proces
1574 Reg. Privy C. II. 360.
Seing that ordour of deprivation mon abide lang proces and pley
c1575 Balfour Pract. 612.
For the contempt and resistance maid … aganis the ordour of justice
1575–6 Reg. Privy C. II. 497.
In the maist summar ordour of proces that may be
1592 Prot. Bk. J. Inglis 19 Dec.
& thair … output the guddis & gere of the said Dauid … & in put the guddis … of the said Johne Ogiluie … & vsit all ordour thair anent
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Iter.
The dittay is the principal … poynt of the justice aire; and the justice suld follow the ordour ther.eof
1601 Ayr Chart. 134.
Conforme to the ordour yeirlie observit be the saidis lordis [sc. Auditors of exchequer]
1663 Acts VII. 449/1.
That in the constitution of parliaments … the same … order should be keeped which had been vsed befor these late troubles
1664 Dumbarton B. Rec. 84.
Bailie Watsoun commanded to put in execution the order of electioun
1671 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 102 (April).
I … used the haill ordor of wairning prescryved be act of parliament anent wairning of tennents from lands
1681 Stair Inst. iv. ii § 1 562.
It had bred intolerable confusion and inconvenience, if there were not a fixed and known order, whereby every point … were to be heard and determined
1684 Decis. Lords F. 63.
There was in our law no order of discussing or distinction betwixt intrometting tutors and other tutors
(2) 1681 Stair Inst. iv. ii. § 5.]
[In the institution of the College of Justice, there was appointed a table in which all summonses to be called were to be set down: but the kingdom was divided in four quarters, and the time of calling their causes was only in that quarter of the year appointed for them
1530–1 Bk. Old Edinb. C. XI. 121.
That na materis be callit by the ordour of table be tikket and uthir summondis that suld byde the ordour of table
1544–5 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 539.
That thar is ane summondis callit be ordour of the table … and nane comperit to say aganis the samyn … and [etc.]
1559–60 Soc. Ant. XI. 520.
Allegit the ordour is nocht gud but suld abide the ordour of the table

b. Be (be the, be cours of) ordour of law (commoun law, law of armes, the lawis, justice, etc.), by the due processes of law, in regular legal form. 14.. Reg. Maj. c. 30.
That court sal haf the recorde of that les court euermar be Cours of order of commone law our all quhar
1456 Hay I. 6/2.
Be ordour of lawe of armes quhare other witness failis
Ib. 101/1.
Quhare the justice may nocht be maister to redres wrang … be ordre of law ordinare
1511 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 13.
The said Wolle be the ordor of law tuk pref the said hors his
1527 Ib. 90.
And to proceid be ordour of justice
1560 Knox II. 63.
Providing … that men may persew thair actiouns by ordour of law civilie or criminallie befor the judges ordinaris gif thai please
1567 Hosack Mary Q. of Scots 556.
How sone the process of divorce … beis endit be the ordour of the lawis
1579 Misc. Spald. C. IV. 62.
We culd neuir obtene thankfull payment thairoff quhilk hes mowit ws to persew him be ordour of law
1582 Reg. Privy C. III. 500.
The purest sort still suffering wrangis without redres be order of justice, seing the same had bene sa coistlie
1588 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 27. 1590 Warrender P. II. 146.
I hoip your majestie will grant me the ordour of lawe for my sounis releiff and the offenderis to be … punisit
1626 Justiciary Cases I. 41.
1644 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 17.
That he sall onnawayes trouble … James Cruikshank … vtherwayes nor be ordour of law and justice

c. Without or but (ony, all) (the) ordour of law, neglecting or bypassing the recognised processes of law. 1456 Hay I. 132/18.
I may nocht do it but order of just lawe
1497 Acta Conc. II. 77.
Maisterfully at thare aune handis but officiare or ordour of law
1543 Corr. M. Lorraine 43.
Unordourlie without ony ordour
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1312.
We think not best … Ȝour onlie sone that ȝe … put doun Without ordour of law or prouisioun
1585 Perth B. Ct. 20 July.
Vnder silence of nycht vranguslie … without ony ordour of law
1625 Justiciary Cases I. 27.
Cayreit thame as captives … to ane barne quhair without all ordour of law thay war hangit to the daith

d. As (also, eftir) the ordour of (the, common, etc.) law will (askis, is usit, etc.), according to the prescribed or regular processes of law, in regular legal form.Appar. only early. 1380 Yule Coll. (Reg. H.).
The recoveryn of the land of Been and Catthochyll as the ordre of law will
1385 3rd Rep. Hist. MSS. 410/1.
To do this day … as the law and ordyr of law askys
c 1400 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 51.
As the course of commoune law wyll and at we may byde befor our jugegis ordynar as the ordur of law of Scotlande wyll
1433 Swintons App. xxxiii.
Gafe hyme the said landis to borght as the maner and ordvr of the lawe is usit in silk lik case
14.. Acts I. 330/2.
To do in the forsaid thingis eftir as the order of law ditis

14. A rule or body of rules of procedure established by custom or statute in a corporate body; an established practice.Not always distinguishable from sense 16.Also to put (= establish) ane worthy ordour: cf. sense 17b. 1531 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 49.
Sua this ordour and reule to remane amangis the saidis craftis
1532 Haddington Rec. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 248.
It is the loifaibill vse and ordour obseruit & keipit wythin this towne
1534 Selkirk B. Ct. MS. 181 b (30 June).
Be ane rycht veil avisit inqueist … to put ane vorchty ordour as vs is in vtheris burghis
1560 Donaldson Sc. Reform. 227.
I am … chargeit to visey the kirkis for establissing of ane uniforme and godlie ordour in the same
1564 St. A. Kirk S. 194.
Delated for contempt of the establesched ordor of the reformed Kyrk wythin … Sanct Androis
1581 Ib. 465.
Conforme to the ordour observit aganis adultraris in this congregatioun in tymes bygane
1582 Ib. 489. 1585 Edinb. Hammermen III. 39.
That the dekyn and maisteris sall nocht brek thair awld ordour … anent the admitting of lang servandis to thair assayis
1587 Bk. Univ. Kirk II. 693.
Neither agreeing with the word of God, nor with the order and custome of the Kirk
1589 Burntisland B. Ct. 15 Aug.
Conforme to the ordour off burght in sic cais
1598 James VI Basil. Doron 88/11.
Preassing uith tyme to drau it to The louable ordoure of Englande
1624 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 228.
For it wer a fruitles work to convene at sic metings if a common order be not observit for all burrowes
1650 Glasgow Weavers 17. 1661 Rothesay Par. Rec. 49.
Peter Spence being convict … uas appointed to satisfie according to ordoure
1664 St. A. Baxter Bks. 130.
Contrair to the ancient ordour

15. A form of divine service or administration of a rite, prescribed by ecclesiastical authority. 1560 Bk. Disc. 186.
The ordour of Geneva
1562-3 Winȝet I. 2/8.
Certane artyculis tweching doctrine, ordour and maneris approuin be thame
Ib. 72/18.
Quhen ȝe … bindis and astrictis ws only to the doctrine and ordour laitlie set furth at Geneua
Ib. 97/11. 1561 Q. Kennedy Compendious Ressonyng (ed.) 177/22.
The Lorde be Moyses had appoinctit the ryte and ordour of making of sacrifices
1576 Reg. Privy C. II. 575.
In hering and saying of mes and using of sic uther papisticall ceremoneis and ordouris
1580 Hay in Cath. Tr. 68/26.
The sacrifice eftir the ordre of Aaron is takin away, and the sacrifice eftir the ordre of Melchisidec … is vsitt in everie place
c 1631 Misc. Bann. C. I. 241.
It sall mak vther kirkis call vs light-headed Scotts, inconstand and vnsetled in our orders
1680 Irvine Deeds MS.
[To] solemnizat … the band of matrimonie … conforme to the ordour of Kirke

16. An authoritative direction, injunction or instruction; a command, written or oral; an act, decree or ordinance.Also plur. in coll. or sing. sense.Also be ordour (= by command) (of the authority), at (one's) ordour, to ordour (? = to order, as per instructions received), by ordour (= contrary to what has been prescribed or decreed, against regulations). To give ordour(is, to give instructions, to direct, command or enjoin, variously const.(1) a1578 Pitsc. II. 111/26.
Witht thir lawis and orderis they passit throw all Scottland
(b) 1566-70 Buch. Comm. Virgil Æn. v. 758.
Dat iura, prescryweth ane ordour
1573 Davidson Sat. P. xlii. 68.
[To] lak Ane ordour that wyse men did mak
1574 Acts III. 87/1.
That all personis … that … ar declarit … be this act and ordour to be vagaboundis [etc.]
1576 Reg. Privy C. II. 524.
Chargeing the saidis wardanis to put the saidis articles and ordouris contenit in the commissionaris buke to dew executioun
a1578 Pitsc. II. 185/2.
The King and the Quein passit to Sanct Johnstoune and maid guid ordouris thair in all Stratherne schyre
1583 Bk. Univ. Kirk II. 618.
Anent the ordour and iniunctiouns to be vsed aganis Gawin Grahame … already excommunicat
1594 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 61.
Quhill sum substantious ordour and overture be maid be the chekker and speciall commissioun gevin to you to that effect
1600 Stirling Kirk S. in Misc. Maitl. C. I. 136.
Gif the ordur of the brydell lawing be brokin that [etc.]
1604 Elgin Rec. II. 130.
The candiles to be prowydit to the heres conforme to the last ordour
1615 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI 258.
The casting of my order of redemptioun will tak awey the lait Lord Sanquharis ordour of redemptioun
1616 Conv. Burghs III. 31.
For setting doun of ane ordor anent the said mater
1654 Rothesay B. Rec. 2.
They have continowit … in thair former statioune till farder ordour cume theranent
1655 Aberd. Council Lett. III. 246.
An ordor … of his highnes the Lord Protector
1681 T. Brown Diary 19.
There wes ane ordor direct from the Lyone Clerk … to the provest of Kirkwall
(2) plur. as sing. 1579 Misc. Spald. C. IV. 62.
That Jhone Lyoun … is … in Striuling awaiting on Mr. Thomas Lyonis ordors
1647 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 75.
Be ordouris from Generall Major Midleton
1651 Stirling B. Rec. II. 306.
To John Wordie for reading the ordoures annent upcrying the money
c1650 Spalding II. 497.
And hee assisted the furnishing of all theise conteinit in the ordours
(3) 1572 Acts III. 76*/2.
Excommunicate be ordour of the trew reformit Kirk within this realme
1644 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 24.
Be ordour and warrand of the committee of estaits of this kingdome
1648 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 136.
The estates … be thair ordour … did inlarge … thrie of the saides persones
(4) 1645 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 39.
For what wes plunderit … wes but ordour, bot if this haid bein denyed to the said marques, all wald haue been takin be ordour
1650–1 Misc. Spald. C. V. 171.
To the deane of gild for armis be ordor
(5) 1633 Household Bks. Archb. Sharp MS. 2 b.
Left to the hous at my lordis ordour
(6) 1671 Dunferm. Coal Acc. 9 b.
To Wm. Wastwater haueingserued halff a yeir to ordour
(7) 1574 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 14.
Syndry wther fremen and vnfre … flais up the haill muir by ordour
1633 Inverness Rec. II. 170.
And by all order, warrand or licience haid or obtenit thairto they haif biggit [etc.]
(8) 1584 Balnaves Conf. Faith in Knox III. 516.
Wee misknowe the good and perfite order to doe good workes taught us in the Scriptures
(9) 1615 Highland P. III. 254.
For he wes bussie in gewing of ordour that Sir James suld nocht land
1626 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II. 190. 1631 Justiciary Cases I. 186.
Giveing ordour for sindrie thingis to be done
1632 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 353.
It wald seim expedient … that ordour sould be gevin that [etc.]
c1650 Spalding I. 271. Ib. 213.
The table … gives ordour to the Erll of Argyll to sattill this bussines
1652 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. III. 66. 1657 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 169.
Forsameikle as the counsell haueing befoir givin ordour to the magistrats to receive from Charles Dune [etc.]
1659 Johnston Diary III. 145.
The counselors … gave order in things as their letterwill
1685 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XI. 2.plur. 1651 Nicoll Diary 70.
Thair wer … ordouris gevin that all inhabitantes in … Edinburgh sould hang out lanthornes
(10) 1662 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. I. 655.
I have sent yow order to sett Sir John … at liberty

b. An authorisation or mandate, chiefly written.Also, a person who has authorisation or mandate from another to receive a due payment.(1) 1642 Facs. Nat. MSS. III. xcv.
Soe much … to be payed unto us … or to any haueing our ordour as by articles of aggriement
1677 Stitchill Baron Ct. 80.
To pay … the kain foulls … good and sufficient to pleas the lady of Stitchell or her order
1691 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds II. 432 (30 Sept.).
[Bond … by Andrew Aitkin, merchant … to Lady Lucy Douglas … ] or her ordor [for £33 sterling]
(2) 1628 Colquhoun Chart. II. 198.
I … hawing ordour from my lord Chanchlier of Scotland to mak for the Ile of Wicht
1657 Beale Fife Schools 138.
Yet not the better for having ordour fra David Mitchell, bailyie, … for poynding deficients
1663 Inverness Rec. II. 214.
That the officiar being then jeawiller that giwes … friedome … to any persone haweing no magistratis ordor therto sal be punisched
1673 Sheriffhall Coal Accompt Sept. 20.
For fetching agane 2 bearers that ran away from thair work & geting a ordour from the justice peace

17. The action of putting or keeping in order; regulation, ordering, control, discipline. c1420 Wynt. v. 3834.
Bot rageand rethe in [till] wodnes Held noucht ordyr off rychtwysnes
1490 Irland Mir. I. 85/19.
Sensualite without ordour of ressone … obeyis nocht to the bridill of ressoune
c1490 Porteous Noblenes 177/12.
Covatys … attanys to brek & distroye the ordour of gud corage
1528 Douglas Corr. 16.
The estatis … discontentit of the ordoure of justice ministrat in tymme bypast be the Erle of Angus our chancellaire
1560 Bk. Disc. 227.
Neathir can the Churche of God be brocht to puritie … without the ordour of ecclesiasticall discipline
1582 Bk. Univ. Kirk II. 564.
To stop the discipline and ordour of ecclesiasticall policie and jurisdictioun
1641 Cochran-Patrick Coinage I. xxxi.
That all goldsmyth work should be of the standard fynnes bot that it is vtherwyse for lake of ordor

b. To put (ane, sum) (gude) ordour to or unto, in, into or intill, or aganis, to impose order on, to exercise authority over, to regulate, set to rights or take disciplinary action against. 1518 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 182.
The said … officiaris till haif power to put ordour to all maner of … stapill gudis pertenyng to the gildry
1528 Douglas Corr. 126.
At the … desyring of … ȝour grace to put ordour aganis the said Schir Williame
c1540 Lynd. Syde Taillis i.
Thocht ȝour grace hes put gret ordour Baith in the hieland and the bordour
? 1552–3 Balcarres P. 312.
Nocht dowtand bot ȝour grace will put ordour in to, for … it is nocht in my power to serf bot forder help
1560 Bk. Disc. 238.
In smaller tounis … the commoun consent of the Churche must put ordour
1567 Sat. P. vii. 155.
May thay not put ane ordoure to the heid, Quha in beginning did the heid vp mak?
1570 Leslie 234.
The Governour was so bissie … that he had not the lasare … to put ordour to the particular effares within the realme
1573 Edinb. Skinners in Bk. O. Edinb. C. VI. 60.
The hale breder being convenit … to put sum gude ordour to thingis that was mysorderit for the tyme
1574 Reg. Privy C. II. 360. 1575 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 126.
To put ordour to ane bordaill allegeit kepit be ane Urquhart
1584 Cal. Sc. P. VII. 175.
Heiring the forveying of our ministers he gaif plain consell to put ordour unto them
1592 Acts III. 542/2.
The presbiteries … to put ordour to all materis … ecclesiasticall
1598 James VI Basil. Doron 90/8.
For order putting to thaime putte goode lawis in execution

c. Public order, the condition in which the regulations controlling public or communal affairs or conduct are maintained and observed; rule of law; absence of unruliness or disorder. Also plur. in the same sense.Also gude ordour, decent or semelie ordour, etc., to kepe (= adhere to) or to breke (= to contravene) ordour (and furth of ordour, sense 18 b). 1505 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I. 102.
For the gude reull and ordour to be had and maid amangis the saidis craftis
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxii 69 (R).
Keip ordour and poore nighbouris beit
Id. lxvi. 30. 1519–20 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I. 195.
Thair sould be ane stapill in the pairtis of Flanderis quhair that Scottis merchants mycht resort and haif ordour amangis thame
1526 Douglas Corr. 114.
And to the grete inquietacioune and disturbance to the gude ordoure of his realme
1535 Stewart 1253. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5905. 1558-66 Knox II. 337.
In the which war many notable headis entreated concernying good ordour to be keapt in the Churche; for the Papistis and the idolatrie of the Queyn began to truble the formar good ordouris
1562-3 Winȝet I. 7/10. 1570-3 Bann. Trans. 62.
To brek gude ordor
1572 Reg. Privy C. II. 132. 1570 Leslie 21.
Quhill this order was keiped in Scotland, thair was gryit trubillis in Fraunce
1578 Reg. Privy C. II. 697.
We sall cairfullie travell to se his hienes ordour, protectioun and saulfgard abonewrittin … kepit unviolat
1579 Acts III. 89/1.
How the kirk … salbe governit in decent and cumly ordour
a1578 Pitsc. I. 19/3.
Ane … with out regard of all ciuill ordour
1580 Hay in Cath. Tr. 61/24.
Seing quhair ordour is nocht, behuveth to be confusion
1590 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 152. c1590 Fowler II. 162/1.
It was necessar that Italye suld fall … but conducteur, but ordeur [etc.]
1597 Stirling Kirk S. in Misc. Maitl. C. I. 129.
Forkeiping of gude ordur in the uttir kirk at the morning service
1612 Orkney & Shetl. Ct. Bk. 17. 1617 Conv. Burghs III. 45.
1619 Misc. Bann. C. I. 203.
I cann never gett a order of thir people of Edinburgh
1658 Rothesay B. Rec. 273.

d. Decorous or orderly personal behaviour or conduct; decency, decorum.Ill or irregular order, disorderly behaviour, unruliness. 1456 Hay II. 5/17.
[He] had evir … manetenyt sa worthy and hye order in all worschip butlak or dishonestee of his cors
1609 Crim. Trials III. 17.
And find gud suirte for my obedience and gud ordour
1673 Kirkcaldy B. Rec. MS. 3 Aug.
Anent the complaints maid … for thair irregular ordor in not keiping of roomes
1693 Rothesay Par. Rec. 97.
Bryce McNeill and his wyfe … confest ther ill order in abusing one another

II. 18. In various other special phrases. a. To put (also, hauld) in (gud) ordour, in senses 8, 11, 17, etc. b. Out (also furth) of ordour, in disorder or disarray, not according to the regular procedure, etc.: senses 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, etc.a. (1) 1540 Acts II. 363/2.
Swa that … thai may be the mair expert to put thame selfis in ordoure hastaly
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 437.
The heraldis put thame sa in ordour
1558-66 Knox II. 403.
Thay wer commandit to tak thair places and so thai did. … Thingis thus put in ordour, the Quene cam furth
1573 Tyrie in Cath. Tr. 5/16.
The veray trew God … dressis and puttis in ordour euill myndis be His prouidence
1581 Hamilton in Ib. 90/20.
Sergeantis to put that misgouernit congregation in order in the kirk
1611 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 305.
Ilk persone … put in ordour … about the tua antsingyies and townis cullouris
1656 Nicoll Diary 189.
The eistmest kirk of the twa being first compleit and put in ordor
(2) 1566 Reg. Privy C. I. 446.
Artailyearie … quhilk servis to na use gif it be nocht … dewlie acowterit and put in gude ordour
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 34.
In putting doun of him that wald haif put all in gude ordour
(3) a1586 Maitland Geneal. Setoun 8.
Let non of them do wrang to vther bot hauld them in goode ordour be justice
b. 1498 Acta Conc. II. 241.
And til haf the sammyn reducit … because thai war out of ordour as this parti allegit
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. ci. 69.
Than bettir mycht ȝe put to rest The land that now is furthe of ordour
1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 28.
He fand … the candillis not ȝit lichtit and all the provisioun for the play out of ordour
a1578 Pitsc. I. 16/13.
All thingis being out of ordoure, the Queine mother begane [etc.]
1596 Dalr. I. 31/25.
Ky, nocht tame … bot lyke wyld hartes, wandiring out of ordour
Ib. II. 146/1.
Our syd vpon the Inglismen … maid sik a brek, put al thair armie out of ordour

19. In order to, with a view to, for the purpose of. 1664 Cramond Kirk S. II. 17 July.
The session thinks fitt that ane hundreth pounds … shall be distributed to the poor in order to quich distribution the elderis ar exhorted … to [etc.]
1673 Alford Rec. 205.
For plantatione of kirks in order to the setling ane locall stipend
1674 Cunningham Diary 38.
For smith work about our horse shoo's … in order to our away coming
1677 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 302.
The councill discharges the said Thomas Douglas to boyll sugar there … in order to the making of the confits
1678 Cullen Kirk S. 8 Sept.
Intimation made of catechising in order to the holy sacrament on Wednesday
1692 Rothesay Par. Rec. 82.
They cannot go thither conveniently to make ther appearance in order to repentance

b. In order of, ? for the purpose of, to give consideration to. 1685 Rothesay B. Rec. 406.
The balȝyes of Rothesay haveing conveint in order of ane messive sent to them be Sir George Drumond provost of Edinburgh

20. To tak ordour, ane ordour. a. To give directions, make arrangements or take measures, that (also how, as, etc.) something should be done, for doing something or for some concern, and absol.(1) 1558-66 Knox I. 346.
Sche tuk ordour that four ensenȝeis of the soldiouris should abyde in the town to maynteane idolatrie
1561 Knox II. 273.
That hir majestie have tackin ane finall ordour … that [etc.]
1584 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 140.
To tak ordour how and quhat maner queir of the metropolitan kirk of Glasgow suld be repairit
1586 Bk. Univ. Kirk II. 658.
It will please your majestie to take some substantious ordour how the countrey may … be purgit of the pestiferous sect of Jesuites
1626 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 253.
To tak ordour preceislie that none of your schippes seyle any where out of his dominiouns
1628 Ib. 293.
I wis sic ordour may be takine … as we may put us to peas
a1639 Spotsw. Hist. (1677) 57. 1644 S. Leith Rec. 52.
To tak order … that no perturbatione be in the backsyd of their lofts
(2) 1558-66 Knox II. 390.
He had … also tacken ordour for the hame-cuming of the Erle of Levenox
1566–7 Anderson Collect. Mary I. 41.
To tak sic gude ordour for the perfit tryal of the mater
1567 Acts III. 43/2.
That ordoure be takin and scharpe pvneisment maid for the hame bringaris of fals cunȝe within this realme
c 1570 Facs. Nat. MSS. III. lxii.
Her maiesty must se ordre taken for reparatioun off the losses we … have susteaned
1577–8 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 67.
To … tak ordour for the sturdy beggerris and lipper folkis
1621 Dumbarton B. Rec. App. i. 4.
To tak order for building of the south yll
1622 Old Ross-shire I. 197. 1626 Justiciary Cases I. 53.
In caice ordour be nocht tane for restraneing thairof
1627 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II. 62. 1683 Martine Reliq. Divi Andreae 17.
He settled a constant abode for them … and took order for their entertainment
(3) 1564 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 692/2.
Quhair we sall tak sik ordour in this behalf as apertenis to ȝour ressonable contentment
1573 Davidson Sat. P. xlii. 48.
Bot this new ordour that is tane Wes nocht maid be the court allane
1596 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 149.
The buithis of Rot. Thomesoun [etc.] … to be closit and thair guidis inventoret quhill forder ordour be tayne
1670 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 260.
To haue seen such ordour takine as apperteinit

b. To impose order, exercise authority, make arrangements or take measures in, intill, to, upon, of, or anent(is some concern.(1) 1571 Peebles B. Rec. I. 326.
That the baillies tak ordour thairintill
1574–5 Haddington Treas. Acc. 27.
For taking ordour in bying the byble
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 157.
Johne erle of Mar [etc.] … come to Edinburgh … for taking ordour of the slauchter of my lord regent
1583 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 310.
For the better ordour to be tayne in visitatioun of the mairches of thair commoun lands
1590 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 153.
Thair is ane commoun ordour tane vpoun the quantitie of treis
1594 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 59.
And utherwayis to underly sic ordour as salbe taken in that behalf
1626 Bk. Carlaverock II. 74.(2) 1564 Reg. Privy C. I. 280.
Desyring thairfoir sum guid ordour to be takin anent the loissing of the saidis guidis
1566 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 213. 1578 Conv. Burghs I. 76.
Euery burgh … to tak ordour anentis thame quha hantis the litting of fals litt
1590 Misc. Spald. C. II. 131.
Quhill ane new ordour be tane thairanent
1639 St. A. Baxter Bks. 106.

c. To tak ordour with.To impose order on, exercise authority or discipline over; to take measures concerning, make arrangements for, see to; to take disciplinary action against; to come to an arrangement with, treat with; to deal with, take in hand.(1) 1575 Digest Justiciary Proc. I. 48.
James Erle of Mortoun … hes deliberat … to pas to the bordouris of our realme for taking ordour thairwith
1579 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 123.
To tak ordour with the gilting of the copburd
1590-1 R. Bruce Serm. 122.
The first work that ever the spirit of God dois, He takis order with the mind
1591–2 Warrender P. II. 168.
For taking straict and speadye ordour with thir lait conspiracies
1593–4 Stirling Merch. Guild 6.
Tha maist number of the breither being convenit for ordourtaking with the payment of the stent
1600 Edinb. B. Rec.V. 276.
To tak ordour with the townes gaird … be placeing … of thame as they sall think expedient
1600-1610 Melvill 51.
Mr. Andro returning from Edinbruche, whar he haid been taking ordour with his buiks new com hame
Ib. 70.
Yit wald noch suffer the preparative to pass untean ordour with
1611 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 322. 1623 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 218.
This universal miserie of the poore … aucht to be tane ordor with
1635 Ancram & Loth. Corr. I. 88.
I volle request your lo. to dele fekfully vith my brother to tak present order vith Will. Dek's money
1638 Henderson Serm. 8. Ib. 235. 1656 Nicoll Diary 189.
[The Edinburgh magistrates] did tak no ordour … with fusted breid and lycht loaves
1667 St. A. Baxter Bks. 133.(2) 1570 Bk. Univ. Kirk I. 196.
Quhat ordour sall be takin with them that impugnes proclamation of bands
1582 St. A. Kirk S. 493.
The sessioun remits the said Patrik to the civile majestratis … to tak ordour with him for his offence
1593 Lett. Jas. VI to Eliz. 96.
A sure and substantiouse ordowre shoulde be takin with thaime in kaice they should receaue any benefit
1602 Elgin Rec. II. 105.
The barrounes … to convene to tak ordour with the brokkin men
1604–5 Misc. Spald. C.V. 76.
Spendit witht the melleris … in taking ordour witht thame anent thair service at vyndmil
1607 Highland P. III. 98.
He is maid fast in the irnis and salbe tane ordour with
1608 Ib. 112.
Vnles the lyk ordour be tane with these that ar upoun the mayne-shoir
1622-6 Bisset II. 276/33.
Commissioun grantted to the lordis of sessioun for taking ordoure with the commisseris
1626 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 243. 1628 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II. 597.
How durst they presoome … to tak ordour with anie of his servants
a1658 Durham Comm. Rev. 604.
Gods wisdom … that suffered this beast to thrive so long and now in His height taketh such order with him

d. Also to give ordour to or for, to make arrangements or provision for, see to. 1589 Lett. Jas. VI to Bruce 279.
Gif be your meainis it may be brocht to that perfectioun quhilk we intend, God willing, to have it at before that we gif ordour to our propper living
c1590 Fowler II. 81/3.
The Romans … gaue ordeur for sic insewing perrells

21. To call (one) to the orders.? To arraign for disobedience or evasion of rules or ordinances (sense 16) or to take disciplinary action against (sense 17), to take to task. 1646 Gillespie Aaron's Rod Blossoming To the Reader.
But if any shall so reply as to prevaricate and doe contrary to these just and reasonable demands, I must … call him to the orders and make his tergiversation to appear

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