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Our Lady, n. Also: oure, owr and ladye, -ie, -i, , laidy, laydy, leddy, . [Early ME. ure lefdi (12–13th c.), ME. and e.m.E. our(e lady(e, = L. Domina Nostra.]

Our Lady, the Virgin Mary. a1400 Leg. S. xviii. 630.
I saw ane ymage of our lady
c1420 Wynt. iv. 580.
Or God wes borne off oure lady
Ib. 2621.
In a kyrk off oure lady
1442 Aberd. B. Rec. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 116.
The talyourez sal fynd oure lady
c1450-2 Howlat 755.
All thus our lady thai lovit
1456 Hay I. 22/15. 1459 Peebles B. Rec. I. 134.
Sir Adem Fosster … sayde thai iiij s. of anwell was the rudis and nocht our ladis
c1475 Wall. vii. 1252. c1500-c1512 Dunb. v. 24.
[In heaven] Scho … wes our ladyis [Bann. leddeis] hen wif
?a1500 Remembr. Passion 18; etc. 1501 Lanark B. Rec. 12.
Our lade
1534–5 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 128.
The salutatioun of our lade
a1538 Abell 103 a.
The comon pepill sweran dailie in common langage be God or our lady or othir sanctis
1537 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 412.
Aue gloriosa ane anteme of our lade
1551 Hamilton Cat. 53. 1558-66 Knox I. 39. c 1570 Lennox Mun. 276. 1596 Dalr. II. 253/25. 1685 Sinclair Satan's Inv. World 218.
God be thanked and our ladie [: ready]

b. Our Lady or her image as (1) exemplifying a particular virtue, as Our Lady of Grace, (of) Pity, (2) connected with a particular shrine, as Our Lady of Laureit (= Loretto), also of Prestwic.(1) 1470 Prestwick B. Rec. 6 (see d (1) below). 1497 Ib. 9.
The landis of our lady of grace in Kile
1665 Sc. N. & Q. 3 Ser. IX. 54.
For going to the superstitious wall off Diple commonly called our lady of grace
1445 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II. 326.
Ane altar … of our lady of pyte
1519 Dunferm. B. Rec. I. 78.
The altaraige … of our lade of pete
1542 Inv. Wardrobe 58.
Ane image of ourlady pietie
(2) 1470 Prestwick B. Rec. 6.
ij d. till our lade of Prestwic
1534 Treas Acc. VI. 201 (see d (1) below). 1538 Ib. VII. 24 (see d (1) below).

c. In the names of the feasts of the Virgin, as the Annunciatioun, Assumptioun, Concepcioun etc. (qq.v. for further examples) of Our Lady. Our Ladeis evin, the vigil of one of these feasts; also Our Lady ewin in d (2) below.(1) 1497 Prestwick B. Rec. 7.
At the concepcioun of our lade foroue yule
1502 Treas. Acc. II. 80.
The xv day of August, the assumptioun of our lady
1502–3 Ib. 248.
The secund day of Februar, the purificacioun of oure lady, to the Kingis offerand in his candill
1505 Ib. III. 61.
The secund day of Julij, the visitatioun of our lady
c1510 Prester John 310 b.
Our solennat feistis that is to say … the annunciatione assumpcione and natiuite of our lady
a1538 Abell 112 b.
This infortunat feild wes strikin … inwith the oct. of the natiuite of our lady on Sanct Gordanis day
(2) 1375 Barb. xvii. 335.
On our ladeis evin Mary … That men callis hir natiuite

d. In the possess. chiefly without inflexion: Of, pertaining to or dedicated to the Virgin.Cf. Lady n. 6 b.Also Our Lady day.(1) 1470 Prestwick B. Rec. 7.
Ane akir callit our lade akir
1531–2 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. 46.
Betuix ane akyr callit our lade akyr on the est [etc.]
1450 Peebles B. Rec. I. 15.
Nane sal ga to the mes at our lady altare quhil [etc.]
1517 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 171. 1556–7 Ib. II. 261. 1559 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 320.
Our lady chalice of the sowth yill
1503 Treas. Acc. II. 251.
In our lady chapell at the toun end of Drumfreis
1534 Ib. VI. 201.
To oure lady chapell of Laureit
1582 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 564.
The hospitall of Sanct Pawles work callit our lady hospitall
1605–19 Paisley B. Rec. 135.
Our lady hous occupeit of auld be our lady prest
1454–5 Edinb. Chart. 79.
Furth fra our lady ile
1543–4 Elgin Rec. I. 79. 1495 Reg. Episc. Brechin. II. 316.
Our lady kirk of the said burgh
1497 Treas. Acc. I. 332.
Our ladie kirk of the Hewch in Sanctandrois
1501 Ib. II. 75. 1527–8 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 93.
Anent our lady land
1533–4 Ib. 137.
Two rigs of our lady land
1488 Treas. Acc. I. 102.
To our lady lycht
1497 Prestwick B. Rec. 7.
Pertening … till our lade lycht of Prestwic
1536 Reg. Episc. Brechin II. 318.
As the ald vs … of our lady luge of Dunde
1538 Treas. Acc. VII. 24.
Gevin to oure lady of Laureitis offerand
1470 Prestwick B. Rec. 6.
vj d. to our ladi place of grace
1511–12 Selkirk B. Ct (ed.) 15.
Our lady work … to be completit as is begune
1607 (1610) Reg. Great S. 150/1.
Oure lady well
c 1628 Banff Ann. I. 39.(2) 1495 Halyb. 97.
On owr lady ewin in Merch
a1538 Abell 79 a.
Paip Wrbane sicund institut our lady matenis
Ib. 119 b.
Thai … singis our lady matenis and howris
1447 Newbattle Coll. (Somerville).
Tyl our lady serwis

e. In the asseveration be our lady. a 1568 Sempill Sat. P. xlvi. 59.
Bot be scho emptie, be our leddy, Scho will be kittill of hir dok

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