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Taxatio(u)n, -cioun(e, n. Also: taxatio(u)ne, (taxatian(e), taxacione, taxtatioun, tacsation(e, texatioun. [ME and e.m.E. taxacioun (c1325), taxacion (1447-8), taxation (1592), OF taxation, L. taxātiōn-.]

1. a. The imposition or collection of taxes; the action of taxing or the fact of being taxed. b. An instance of this, a levy granted or raised for (to) a particular purpose. c. The revenue raised. 12.. Reg. St. A. 28.
[Taxaciones episcopatuum regni scocie
1263 Reg. St. A. (App.) xxxix.]
De justa taxatione ecclesiarum parochielium diocesis
a., b., c. 1424 Acts II 5/1.
That the prelatis gar taxt thar rentis and kirkis in this maner that is to say that … all the tenandis … bring ther taxt … to the saidis day and place and gif the schiref sendis ony man on the baronys behauf that he be resawyt … and see ther taxacione
1424 Acts II 5/1.
And at the official ger warn the schiref quhen he will … mak taxacione of kirkis landis
1424 Acts II 5/1.
Anentis the taxacione of burgesis gudis and rentis … that ilk aulderman … ger cheis lele … men … to beir … witnes to thar taxt
1471 Acts II 99/2.
Wther beneficis that aw taxatioun
1493 Acts II 235/1.
That na custumaris … tak ony mair taxatiounis, custumis, or dewteis, than is statute and vsit in the auld law
1532–3 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 398.
For inbringing of the taxatioune put apoun thaim be vertu of the papis bullis
1556–7 Reg. Privy S. V i 22/1.
Thair being denuncit rebellis and put to the horne for non payment of the taxationis of the saidis schirefdomes
1563 Reg. Privy C. I 248.
The said taxtaris to be chosin mak the said taxatioun [sc. for repair of parish churches]
1568 Aberd. B. Rec. I 366.
The saidis collectouris to resaiff na hardheidis [pr. bardheidis] in payment of this taxatioune
1570 Reg. Morton I 61.
Thair is ane taxatioun grantit be the estaittis for making of the expenssis of the honorabill ambassat
1570 Leslie 144.
The king … proponit … to have ane taxacioune to big mare pellis
c1575 Balfour Pract. 144.
Taxatioun of benefices to be maid efter the auld taxatioun
c1575 Balfour Pract. 614.
All provestis, maisteris, regentis [etc.] … within … universities within this realme sall be fre … fra all taxatiounis and impositiounis
1576 Inverness Rec. I 249.
The towneschip hes incurrit greit hurt and skayth in taxatioun of the bullyeoun taxt on thame
a1578 Pitsc. II 260/28.
Thair was gret taxtatiounis layd on thame [sc. the burghs] befoir
1579 Reg. Privy S. VII 329/2.
[John Duff … at the horn for non-payment of his part of] the taxatioun maid and appointit for … repairing of the paroche kirk
a1585 Maitl. Q. 57/29.
Sic extortioun and taxatioun Wes neuer sene into this natioun
1580 Mill Mediæv. Plays 161.
For preparatioun of the premissis consentit to collect lift and gadder ane taxatioun of the sowme of thre thousand markis
1583 Reg. Privy S. VIII 250/2.
The taxatioun of [520 merks] grantit be the said burgh to the furnessing of the men of weir
1585 Ayr B. Acc. 152.
Anent the taxatioun of the saidis fyve west burrowis collectit for the defence of the Irland custumes
1586 Lorimer St. Cuthbert's 40.
It is heavily compleinit be many poor men, ministers and reiders … that they are exorbitantly … used in taxationes, their benefice being … decayed through the want of corpse presents [etc.] … payit in the tyme of papistrie
1587 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 507.
That ane taxatioun be … rayset vpoun the inhabitants … for thair pairt of the licence to abyde fra the raid to the borderis
1588 Reg. Privy C. IV 337.
His majesteis undoutit and irrevocable collectour of the secund and thrid pairtis of the voluntarie taxatioun
1591 Reg. Privy C. IV 622.
That ane coble suld be maid upoun the expenssis of the haill parrochin to bring ouer the deid to the buriall place … for quhilk purpois thai have willinglie condiscendit to ane taxatioun to be collectit amangis thame
1597 Elgin Rec. II 56.
Thair is layid be the eldaris taxtlayers appointit that thair be a taxation … and ilk pleuche layid to saxtein schillingis
14.. Acts (1597) i 77 (Title).
For in-bringing of the taxation and vn-doing of the kingis discharge of ony part thereof
14.. Acts (1597) i 94 (Title).
That commissares and heades-men of burrowes be warned to taxations of the realme
15… Old Dundee II 26 (see Stent v.2 2).
Ilk taxation
1608 Aberd. Council Lett. I 392.
Stent roll of the burgh of Aberdeen for the second staige of the greatt taxation … As also off the taxation off [25,000 merkis] grantit be the estates for releiff of the burgh of Dunbartane
1623 Melrose P. 543.
The tacsation wherof yow must pey, and then seik yowr relive
a1633 Hope Major Pract. I 38.
The commissioners of burrowes should be called to the granting of all taxations as ane of the thrie estaits
1634 Clanranald P. (Reg. H.) 25 Nov.
I … haldes me weill content satisfiet and payet of his magisties tacsatione of this crope
1636 Dumbarton B. Rec. 49.
Taxation laid on for the repair of the kirk to be got in
1641 Acts V 349/1.
Taxationes … [pr. taxaones] … taxatianes [pr. taxoanes]
(b) 1516 Wigtown B. Ct. 60a.
The consell and comunte of Wigtoun hais chocin their personis wndirwrittin … anent the texatioun of the toun

d. Roll of taxatione, a register of what has been or is to be paid in tax. 1552 Fife Sheriff Ct. 395 n.
[The inquest] being … auisit with retouris of ane part of the said landis togidder with ane auld roll of taxatione thai mak thar just roll of taxatione

e. attrib. With buik (= sense 1 d above) and silver. 1580 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 100.
The auld taxatioun buik of the beneficeis of the eccliasticall men within the diocie of Sanct Androis
1598 Elgin Rec. II 64.
The bailleis to delyver to him the taxatioun silver for the loft bigging

f. To put (a person) in taxatioun, to tax, make liable for taxation. 1558 Inverness Sheriff Ct. 39.
Alexander is greitle and hawele put in taxatioun

g. Taxacioun of the speris, a tax designed to raise fighting men, esp. for the Borders.For a discussion of this tax, see Fife Sheriff Ct. 294. See also Tax(t n. c. 1516–17 Acta Conc. XXVIII fol. 183 in Fife Sheriff Ct. 294.
Makand compt of the taxacioun of the speris within the schirefdome of Fiff

2. The imposition of a monetary penalty. a. A fine. b. Damages claimed in a civil suit.a. 1560 Inverness Rec. I 44.
Tha suld incur the panis of the taxation of fyf schillingis and ane penne for ewyrre day he remanit in the said luging efter the xxj day of Junij
b. c1575 Balfour Pract. 316.
Taxatioun of harmis and skaithis in civil actiounis; In actiounis of debt or uther civil causis the skaithis and harmis sould be taxt be the persewar in his clame

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