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Son(e)-in-law, n. Also: sonne- and -lawe. [ME and e.m.E. son(e)-in-law (Cursor M.); Son(e n.2 and Law n.1 1 d.] A son-in-law, a daughter's husband. Also const. to (the father-in-law). Also son in the law.(1) 1513 Doug. vii iv 142.
The … stranger, quham fatale destanee Signyfeit … Tobe his son in law
1513 Doug. vii vi 62.
Gyf that thou sekis ane alienar onknaw Tobe thy mawch or thy gud son in law
1513 Doug. xii x 150. 1584 Edinb. Test. XIV 62b.
His sone in law … sitting with him self at his awne chalmer burde end
1586 Reg. Cupar A. II 295.
Johne Farar, his sone-in-law, in quhais favoures he hes dimittit the said portioun, reseruand his awin lyvrent
1596–7 Misc. Spald. C. I 88.
John Allan, culteller, thi sone in law, hewing discordit with his wyiff, dang hir
1652 Misc. Spald. C. I 45.
I wreitt lykewayes to my sone in law to assist him
(2) 1375 Barb. xvii 219.
Valter, Steward of Scotland … sone-in-law wes to the King
1673 Rothesay B. Rec. 241.
Allexander Fraser sone in lawe to the said Patrick
(3) 1545 Reg. Privy C. I 12.
Johne Buchquhannane son in the law to the said Lord Johne Levingstoun

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