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Subscriptio(u)n, n. Also: subscriptione, subscripcioun, -ion(e, subscripsioun, subscripcon, subsryption. Pl. also subscriptionnes. [Late ME and e.m.E. subcrypcyoun (Lydgate), subscripcion (1542-3), -tion (1547), OF subscription (13th c. in Larousse), L. subscriptiōn- a subscription, signature.]

1. A signature; a person's name as written at the end of a document, etc. by himself or a proxy as a validation of the document, etc. Also, subscription manual (see Manuale adj. 2).For further examples, see Sign(e n. 9 and Signet n.1 1 c.Cf. also the Index to 14.. Acts XII, and the Index of Matters to 1681 Stair Inst. 1456–7 Reg. Dunferm. 341.
In witnasing herof my selle togidder with the subscripcioun of the said Huchoun Ker notar to ther presentis ar affixit and to put
1480 Acta Conc. I 63/2.
Like as he is commandit be our souerane lordis speceale lettrez be his subscripcion and vnder his signet
1482 Bamff Chart. 33.
The said Scher James has geffin his seill witht the subscripcion of his awne hand
1482–3 Acta Conc. II cxxi.
Acquittance of ilk ane of the said obligationis schewin under the subscriptioun of Maister James Lindissay
1492 Thanes of Cawdor 156.
Writin at Lochcanmor under our signet and with the subscriptioune of our hand
1496–7 Acta Conc. II 50.
He knew nocht the subscripcione of the sade umquhile Maister Jhone
1507 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 709.
To this my letter of discharge … I hawe appensit my seill togidder with subscriptioun of my sone in taikin of his consent
1512 Reg. Privy S. I 365/1.
His tresonable fenȝeing of the kingis subscriptioun
1525 Acts II 295/1.
That … na faith be gevin … to ony obligatioun … without subscriptioun of him that aw the samin … or ellis geif the party can nocht wryte with the subscriptioun of ane notar
1534–5 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 130.
Ye sall … receyve thair compt of the said werk … and retour the samyn undre your subscriptionis to us … James R.
1565 Perth B. Ct. 305a (13 April).
Ane sesing of the samyn vnder the note sign & subscriptioun of William Ramsay
1568 Hosack Mary Q. of Scots I 524.
She caused mak a printing irne and vsed the same in all thingis in place of his subscriptioun
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 35.
Promeis being neglectit ayth violat subscriptioun set at nocht
1578 Glasg. Univ. Mun. I 119.
Gif ony sik charter berand his subscriptioun may be schawin, the same is fals and finyeit
1586 Jurid. Rev. IV 300.
1615 Highland P. III 235.
1618 Reg. Great S. 708/1.
Pro simulatione lie counterfaiting subscriptionis lie handwrytt and subscriptioun
1631 Justiciary Cases I 166.
The chirurganes testimoniall … testifeing be thair subscriptiones him to be mutilat of his rycht leg
1638 Henderson Serm. 27.
We have oblished ourselves, by our subscription already; what then needs us to obleish ourselves over again by our oath?

2. The action or an act of appending one's signature; the signing of a document. 1558-66 Knox I 275.
Immediatlie after the subscriptioun of this foirsaid band the lordis and barons professing Christ Jesus conveined … in counsall
1592 Acts III 586/1.
Concerning subscriptioun of the signatures of the new infeftmentis of temporalities

3. A declaration of assent to certain principles, expressed by signing one's name.Chiefly, of the signing of the National Covenant of 1638. 1638 Rec. Kirk Scotl. 47.
An act discharging all subscripcon to the Covenant
1638 Nat. Covenant in Facs. Nat. MSS III xcvii.
The article of this Covenant which was at the first subscription referred to the determination of the Generall Assemblie
1642 Strathbogie Presb. 27.
The brethren finding themselfis to be ludified with aequivocall subscriptiounes
a1650 Row 500.
The Marques of Hunteley obtained more subscriptions to the King's Covenant in the toune and shyre of Aberdeen and Bamff or any other
c1650 Spalding I 94.
[They] gat mony subscriptionis of ministeris and laickis to thair covenant

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