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Scottis se(e, Scots sea, n. Also: Scottes and sey. [Scottis adj. 2 and Se n.1, med. L. (Sc.) mare scocie (see quot. Acts I below).] The Firth of Forth; the Forth estuary. Originally regarded as dividing the Kingdom of the Scots from Lothian.(a) 1375 Barb. ix 310.
The king … thocht sone to mak all fre That wes on the north halff the Scottis se
c1420 Wynt. viii 2449.
On the sowth halff the Scottis se
14.. Acts I 347/2.
The amerciament befor the justice on the north pert of the Scottis see [L. mare Scocie; Skene Reg. Maj. i 2b, Scottes sea] is viij ky [etc.] … and beȝond the Scottis see as in Lothiane and thai pertis betwene the watteris of Tyne and Forth x li. [etc.]
1440 Ib. II 32/2.
At the justice on the south side of the Scottis se & alsua on the north side of the Scottis see sett thare justice airis & hald thaim twis in the ȝere
c1515 Asl. MS I 187/27, 28.
Lang tyme efter come Brute in our land and callit it Brettane bot to the Scottis sey and northhalf the Scottis se duelt neuer Brettone nor was subiecte to Bretonis nor to Romanis
1533 Boece 377b.
Forth at the est parte suld devide the landis of Scottis fra Inglis and Britouns and eftirwart it suld be namyt the Scottis sey
(b) 1682 Irvine Nomenclatura 120.
[The] Lamormoor Hills … run from the Scots Sea to Lauderdale

b. Appar. extended in sense to include the sea off the coast between Forth and Tweed. 1682 Irvine Nomenclatura 239.
The river Tweed … falleth into the Scots Sea at Berwick

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