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Ward, n.2 Also: warde, waird, va(i)rd. [Late ME and early e.m.E. ward (c1400), warde (1477); aphetic f. Award n.] A decision of a court, chiefly in collocation with Dome n. 1.(a) 1410 Reg. Episc. Brechin. I 31.
We assignit thaim the court to be haldine at Forfar the tend day of Nouember … to tak than thair determinacioun of the court of thair foirsaid borrowis … the bischop askand determinacioun and warde of his borrowis fundyne
1430 Ayr B. Ct. 8 May.
& thair a pon askyt warde & dom at the baylȝeis & the courte
14.. Quon. Attach. c. 25.
The court … is haldin to serff the partiis strifand in wardis & domys askit be resoun
1450 Edinb. Univ. MS Borland No. 206, 111.
The said lord askit at hys serjand … gif he had fulfillit the ward [Bisset I 304/11, warde] giffin in his last cowrt tueching H. de I. … The quhilk serjand said ȝha and gaif in the record of his summondis
1477–8 Reg. Episc. Glasg. II 461.
The said Sir Alexander … askyt in plane court ward and dome of the said wast tenement
1491 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 31.
Contenuit vard and dome on to the law dais of Yull
1492 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 38.
Thome Calland … askyt ane ward of the commownis in the tolbuth … gif he was nerrast and lawchful air til his fadir
c1500 Barounis Lawis 13b.
Athir party … may … resonably in thar mutis wardis & domes ask withoutin finding of borrowis to the iuge
1530–1 Glasgow Prot. IV 30.
The landis [etc.] … to George Clemme … and that as air fwnd be ane ward of the court to wmquhill Jhon Clemme his broder
1563 Dumfries B. Ct. 211a.
It is fundin be the interloquitur & ward of the best & worthiest of counsale
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i 83b.
And ilk soytour … sould be examinat in thrie courts, gif he can make recorde of the court (of ane proces deduced in court) or report ane sufficient warde (interloquutour) or dome, anent wardes, or exceptions asked in the court
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. ii 101.
They [supra the soytours] sould trye, advise, and pronunce the wardes (interloquutors) of court
(b) 1553–4 Dundee B. Ct. II 279b (10 Jan.).
James Lovell is cognostit be vaird of the counsale & court narrest … aire to vmquhile Alexander Lowell
1622-6 Bisset I 287/8.
The judge sall gar the pairties remove … and gar the soyttouris warde sen gar call the pairties in agane and gar gif dome eftir the tennoure of the waird

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