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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Pittance-, Pittan(e-silver, n. Also: pitten- and -sylver, -silvir. [Only Sc.; f. Pittancen. and silver.] The revenue from a bequest or endowment originally given to a religious house as a pious donation to make additional provision of food, wine, etc. for the religious on special occasions. b. Also, ? once, = Obit n. 3 (see quot. for 1566–7).(a) 1538 Reg. Privy S. II. 424/1.
Solvendo … [£6.13.4] ad nostras petancias, vulgo nuncupatas lie pittance silvir
1570–1 Canongate Ct. Bk. 299.
The saidis channones hes … pertening to thame as ane parte of thair patrimonie and leving of the said abbay all and haill the pittance silver and caponis eftirfollowing
1571 Reg. Privy S. VI. 267/2.
[Gift of] the escheit of … sumtyme channonis of the said abbay of Halirudhous, of all and haill thair portionis pittance silver
1576 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 34 b.
And to pay xxxiij s. iiij d. ȝeirlie … for the pittance siluer of his said hous
1577 Ib. 35.
In and to the small common siluer of the conuent of Sanctandrois sum tyme callit the pittance siluer wark siluer sachristane siluer thairof
1576–7 Paisley B. Rec. 65.
Precept of sesing of chancellarie … of the pittance silver, obit silver and altarages of St. Mirren and Columbi
1607 Reg. Great S. 732/1.
Lie pittance-silver et lie pittie-commounis ab antiquo ad conventum … monasterii de Halyrudhous
(b) 1539 Reg. Great S. 445/1.
Reddendo annuatim … conventui [Scone] ad le pittane silvir 40 solidos
1564 Prot. Bk. J. Drummond 55.
Thair ferme siluer of Ower Cardeny with his part of the pittane siluer cheis and commonis vsit & wont to be payit
1567 Reg. Privy S. V. ii. 326/2.
Elemozinis lie dailsilver, obitibus lie pitten silver
1570–1 Ib. VI. 211/1.
The gift of the pittan silver and commonis callit conventis commonis of the abbacie of Scone
1573 St. A. Univ. Rec. 298.
The haill pittane silver of Scone
1589 Prot. Bk. A. Gibson 67.
Syndry vtheris sovmes of money, pittane syluer [etc.]

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