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Underwrittin, p.p. Also: undir-, undyr-, wnder-, wndir- and -writtine, -writin, -writ(t)yn, -written, -writ(t)ing, -writyng, -wryt(t)in, -wryt(t)yn, -wrytten, -wrytting, -vrittin, -vritine, -vrityn, -vrittene, -vryttin, -vryttyn, -vrytting, -vrytyng, -wret(t)in, -wretyn, -wretten, -wreittin, -wreattin, -wreatine, -wreaten, -vrettin, -wirtin, -wirtyne, -wyrtyn, -vyrtyn, -wertyn, -wirrityn, -writ. [ME and e.m.E. vnderwriten (1389), undrewreten (1455), vndir writene (1450-80), underwritten (1483); Writ(e v.]

1. Of statements, etc.: Written down, given in writing, below. 1397 Douglas Chart. 38.
At Edynburgh … the ȝeir … a thovsand thre hvndyr nynty and sevyn, mad war thir conandys vndir wretyn
1539 Glasgow Prot. IV 117.
My will is that thir premissis underwrityng be done and fulfillit yeirlie, as eftir followis, viz., that [etc.]
1592 Banff Ann. II 409.
The prothogall buik vnderwrittin quhairin the instrument of seasing vnderwritten is ingrossit
in a1605 Montg. (Suppl. ed., STS 59) p. 302.
This acquittance & discharge vnderwrittin … to be insert & registrat in the buikis of counsal
1665 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. II 48.
The report underwrytten given in be certan gentlemen commissionat to the effect underwrytten

2. Of things or matters: Specified in writing below. 1415 (1430) Reg. Great S. 39/1.
That … Villiam … haf giffin … thir landdis undirwyrtyn … that is to say, Ensowchtan [etc.]
1417 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 249.
All and hale my landis tenementis & annuale rentis with thair pertenance vndirwretin that is to say all & hale my tenement [etc.]
1423 (1429–30) Reg. Great S. 30/2.
We haf … grantit to the said Michel yherly to resayf, tak up and joyse thir thynggis under vyrtyn
1451 11th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. vi 26.
I … sal nothir sel … na analy na na condecion mak of nan of thir landis vndyr wertyn
1463 Lennox Mun. 148.
Wnder wrytyn
1466 (1471) Reg. Great S. 214/2.
We … sal observe and kepe the landimaris takinnis and merkis undir wirtin
1471 Edinb. Chart. 133.
Thir custumis and dewiteis vnderwritin
1485 Lag Chart. 54.
We decreit and ordanis thir marchiis underwritin to stande and remane in tyme to cum
1501 Exch. R. XII 236 n.
At his furtht passin to deliver the geir wndir wirtin … ane girdill [etc.]; bot gif thar cum heirschip or reif in the land
c1550 Reg. Cupar A. II 175.
To mak subtenentis to laubour the grund vnderwrytting
1573–4 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I 255.
1574 Stirlings of Keir 423.
Patrone of the chaiplanrie or alterage vnderwreittin
1630 Aberd. Council Lett. I 316.
In gold and wecht apoynted for the uses underwretten
1651 Falkirk Par. Rec. I 179.
In the place under-wreattin
1656 Misc. Spald. C. V 231.
In mainer wndirvrittin
1657 Perth Hammermen 105.

3. Of persons: Whose names are written or signed below.(a) 1402 Dundee Chart. No. 22.
The procuratours … callit & appearand before vs and oure consaillie vndirwrytin
1425 Liber Melros 544.
The qwylke assyse was thir personis wnder wrytyn, that is to say Jamys of Rothirfurd [etc.]
1425 Raine N. Durham App. 105.
1433 Raine N. Durham App. 63.
1436–7 Ayr B. Ct. 3 Jan.
Thir women vnderwrittyn that ar myselmanis wifis
1439 Edinb. Chart. 65.
In presens of Robert Mechelson … public notare vnderwrytin, Villiam of Libertoun [etc.]
1442 Aberd. B. Rec. I 9.
1445 Melville Chart. 30.
1453 Reg. Dunferm. 341.
I have … the gret aith sworne … before thir witnes vnderwrityn
1456 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 15.
In the tolbuith of Edinburgh, thir personalie wnderwrittin
1464 Southesk MSS 8.
1467 Reg. Dunferm. 358.
Vnder vrityn
1488 Treas. Acc. I 19.
Vndir writin
1497 Edinb. Hammermen 22b.
Vnder writtin
1503 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 97.
Thir ar the personis and regrattouris vnderwrittin of meill
1520 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 197.
Thir personis vnderwritten quhilk hes promeist till len money vpoun the commoun buthis
1527–8 Selkirk B. Ct. MS 130b.
Befor thir vytnes vnderwr[it]ting
1529 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 99.
1529–30 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 104.
1530 Lennox Mun. 233.
Wnder writing
1535 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 150.
This inquest fyndis thir vorchty men undervryttin aucht in the toun and viii in the parochin to be our kyrkmaisteris
1539 Chart. Coupar A. II 146.
Vnder wirrityn
1539 Grey Friars II 3.
1556 Reg. Soltre 120.
1669 Kirkintilloch B. Ct. 18.
1680 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. MS 3 Nov.
(b) 1510 Montgomery Mem. 75.
1562 Montgomery Mem. 192.
Wee quhais names are underwreaten doe promise … that we … will mentain and assist the preatching of this holy evangell
1587 Aberd. Council Lett. I 15.
1598 Prot. Bk. T. Auchinlek 67.
1617 Sc. Ant. 21.
Under wretin
1630 Aberd. Council Lett. I 330.
1634 St. A. Baxter Bks. 97.
Ordanit me, notar publict wnder wreittin … to subscryve this present act
(c) 1483 Reg. Episc. Brechin. I 206.

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