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Writin(g, Wryt(t)in(g, Wreit(e)ing, vbl. n. Also: writine, -yng, -yne, -en, writeing, vri(c)ting, wrytinge, -yn, -eng, (w)rytand, wryteing, wryghten, vryting, writtin(g)(e, -yng, -eing, vrittin(g, uritting, rittin, wryttine, -yn(g, -yne, -ein, wryitting, vrytting, wretin(g, -yng, -en, wreating, vre(i)tin(g, wrettin(g, wreitting, -yng, -and, wreatting(e, vrettin(g, vreittin, wraitting, wrayten, vrayting, wroteing. [ME and e.m.E. writunge (a1225), wrytyng (Manning), writynge (Piers Plowman), wryting (Wyclif), wryghting (1555).]There is considerable overlap and ambiguity between the senses, esp. senses 5-8.See also S(c)hort-writing vbl. n.

I. 1. a. The action of drawing up or copying official letters or documents. Also const. up. (Writ(e v. 2, 4, 16.) b. The profession of writing documents, etc. c. The action of writing more generally, esp. applied to corresponding in writing. (Writ(e v. 3, 4, 10.) d. The practising of the skill of writing. Quot. 1649 in c above may belong here. (Writ(e v. 9 b.)a. (1) 1488 Treas. Acc. I 99.
To Stobo and Johne Quhyte for the writin of letteris at the kingis commande xxxvj s.
1489 Treas. Acc. I 108.
To the clerkis of the singnet for the writin of letteris
1489 Treas. Acc. I 118.
For the writin of the contrakkis betwis the king and the imbassatouris of Spanȝe
1553 Treas. Acc. X 213.
To Jhone Ȝoung, Wrytar to the Signet, in consideratioun of his continuall lauboures … in wrytting of letterris
1554–5 Edinb. B. Rec. II 296.
To James Harlaw for wrytting of ane bill and ane lettre upon it and for the signet to thame
1572 Reg. Privy C. II 139.
Throw his employing in sum uther effairis concerning the office of secretary, as in the writting of missives and other writtis
1592 Acts III 586/1.
Anent the … price of writting … anent informall writting and vsurping of the offices of admittit wrettaris to the signet
1592 Digest Justiciary Proc. P31.
Wraitting of minutis in presens of the lordis
1622-6 Bisset I 126/5.
That thair be na rasure nor writting on the mergin nor interlyning
1626–7 Misc. Spald. C. V 102.
To Mr. Androw Clerk, for his paynes in wreitting the dictayes on the witches
1629 Linlithgow B. Rec. 25 Nov.
To Alexander Neilsone for his peannis in wreatting of the thesaurer compt
1633 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 388.
For wreitting over of the haill comptis … for furneisching of paper and binding thairof
1649–50 Misc. Spald. C. V 168.
To Gilbert Leslie, for wreitting aught kingis actis, with some gold letteris, … thrie punds
(2) 1617 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 45.
To Robert Midlemest for attending the warkmen … for his paines and writting them up
b. 1490 Irland Mir. II 92/21.
Mar than ony vthir sciens … as of writting pleding bigging of merchandis or ony vthir
1594 Writers Signet 230.
To be suspendit fra all writting quhill the payment of the foirsaid pane
1650 Nicoll Diary 2.
Thomas Hunter, wryter … wes fund giltie of perjurie; and thairfoir wes declaired incapable of wryting or agenting ony bussines within the … College of Justice
1670 Sc. N. & Q. 2 Ser. II 42.
To be instructed be him in his office and calling of wreting for the speace of three years
1681 Acts VIII 244/1.
All writers to the signet, all publict notars and other persons imployed in writeing or agenting
c. c1475 Wall. viii 1729.
‘His ansuer in wryt he has yow send’ The king rasauit it … This hie affect and dyt off his writyng ‘O ryoll roy [etc.]’
1544 Corr. M. Lorraine 73.
Qwat schow es … I can not gat wet at the wrayten of thes
c1563 Reg. Panmure I xxxvi.
I at the wretin heirof could not do it without gretine
1596 Reg. Privy C. V 313.
The making, writting, and geving oute of the said infamous letter, callit the cokaland
1598 James VI Basil. Doron 65/8.
The unreuerende uritting or speiking of youre parents
1638 Lennoxlove MS (The Duke of Hamilton) CI/692.
Efter the wryting of this I was informed thatt he was turned covenanter
1643 Edinb. Test. LX 279b.
Ane old lettrone for writting
1649 Elgin Rec. II 435.
Betuix tenn and tuell all ar taken vp in vritting ther author for the nixt week
1686 Dunlop P. III 28.
In the fear that we should not keep up a gret corspondnce bay wretin sens ther is no other way left, for us to convers
(b) 1614 Crim. Trials III 305.
Demanded who wer present at the wroteing of the earles last letteres
d. 1643 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 3.
To big … ane loft in … the grammer scoole … for wreiting thairin
1649 Elgin Rec. II 435.
The inferiours … sall spend the morning … in writting

2. a. Handwriting, calligraphic style. (Writ(e v. 7 d.) b. Spelling, manner of setting down in written form. (Writ(e v. 7 b.) c. The skill of writing, the ability to form characters, etc. (Writ(e v. 9 b.)a. 1476 Acta Aud. 42/1.
It wes his awn propir hand & writting
1528–9 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 97 (see Writ(e n.1 5 a). 1606 (1621) Acts IV 617/1.
Clerkis and wreateris to wreat all thair letteris actis wreatis [etc.] … compactlie and in nowayis to abvse the people with disperss wreating
1622-6 Bisset I 125/7.
That everie clerk to the signet cause writ thair billis and letteres with guid writting & guid spelling and nocht on synkand paper
b. 1568 Q. Mary in Ellis Orig. Lett. 1 Ser. II (1824) 253.
Excus my iuel vreitin for y neuuer vsed it afor, and am hestet
c1616 Hume Orthog. 1.
I … seeing sik uncertentie in our men's wryting, as if a man wald indyte one letter to tuentie of our best wryteres nae tuae … wald agree
c. 1555 Peebles B. Rec. I 214.
To provide him ane chalmer … to teche his barneis … writting Ynglis
1576 Prot. Bk. T. Auchinlek 1.
To be … instrucktit … in … the prettik of wreting als weill in our langage as vtheris
1582 Perth B. Ct. 26 Oct.
To be lernit … in vreting reiding and compt laying
1582 Elgin Rec. II 396.
Mastirs of grammer schuill wreitting and reading
1598 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 164.
The presbyterie wald try him … in religioune, vrettin, and redinge
1607 Aberd. B. Rec. II 293.
Edward Diggens, Englischman, craveing libertie to teache the youthe … in wreitting and arithmetik
1620 Stirling B. Rec. I 155.
David Murray … to be a doctour in the grammer schole … for teaching of the Ingleshe reding and writting
1634 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV 138.
1649 Peebles B. Rec. I 387.
Teaching and learning them to wryte, giveing them coppies and takeing compt of their wryteing
1662 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 201.
That laitly this burgh haid causit John Gormak, ane able qualified man in reading and wreiting, come from Edinburghe for discharge of the said imployment

3. The action of composing a (literary) work. (Writ(e v. 5 b, 11.) 15.. Dunb. App. iv 32.
Gif lytil rewarde be in wryting, Bettir war leif my paper quhyte
1558 Mill Mediæv. Plays 183.
Gevin to William Adamsoun for writting of ane part of the play
1558-66 Knox II 28.
I can not deny the wreiting of a booke aganis the usurped authoritie
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 186 (see 7 below). 1596 Dalr. I 68/28.
We … abhorring … superfluous ornament … think it sufficient … to sett the mater sincerelie and simpillie … afor … the reidar that the reidar may … sie quhat difference is betuene this maner of wryteng, and gif it war all painted with colouris of rhetorick
1598 James VI Basil. Doron 183/13.
As to youre uritting quhilke is nathing ellis bot a forme of enregistrate speache, use a plaine, shorte bot statelie style
1599 6th Rep. Hist. MSS VI App. 661/1.
Ther is carles aneu [pr. aueu] to vin ther leiuing Throu vryting bookes

4. Be, of, in(to writting, in the state of having been written, in a written form. 1568 Buch. Indict. 49.
Sche nocht onlie be vords bot be vreiting promist [etc.]
1558-66 Knox II 25.
You requyred of the [said] Mr. Kirkcaldie sum farther assurance then his awin woord of wreitting, whiche we dout nott [etc.]
1626 Aberd. Council Lett. I 239.
The saids burghis to report thair diligence in writting at Edinburgh
1631 Justiciary Cases I 179.
That the loird Reay would put his relatione into wrytting
c1650 Spalding I 214.
Our Scottis wes desyrit to put in thair demands in writting
c1650 Spalding I 214.
Quhilk his majestie desyred him to sett doun in wreitting

II. Something written, that which is in a written form.

5. a. An inscription. (Writ(e v. 1 a). b. Written characters. (Writ(e v. 1 c).a. 1488–9 Acts II 212/2.
That a dener of gold be strikin … and the prent of the kingis armez on the tasid … with this writting abone ‘Jacobus quartus dei gracia rex Scotorum’
b. c1475 Wall. vii 110, 112.
In iij partis the buk weill writyn was The fyrst writtyng was gross letteris off bras, The secound gold [etc.] … Wallace merueld quhat this writyng suld meyne

6. A legal document, documentary evidence, a written agreement, etc. Also pl. = Writ(e n.1 2. (Writ(e v. 2.)sing. 1497–8 Acta Conc. II 140.
The sade Alexander producit ane writing in maner of ane acquittance
c1515 Douglas Corr. 68.
I oblis me be this my vriting, to keip and fulfill [etc.]
1521 Fife Sheriff Ct. 245.
Dauid Sibbald … hes fundin souerte … as be his writine producit tharupone beiris
1524–5 Acts II 289/1.
The quenis grace askit instrument that all the lordis of artikulis consentit to the writing & artikulis send to hir; fra thaim & subscriuit with thar handis
1527 Selkirk B. Ct. MS 125b.
At the makyne of this wryttin
1533 Boece 286a.
This sorte of writin in the rollis (callit now the dittay)
1543 Elgin Rec. I 78.
Ane writine … quhair the said Sir James dischargit the forsaid Johan [etc.]
1548 Perth Guildry 257 (11 May).
To inter ony vnfreman to the liberte forsaid be ony supplicatioun or priuat writing
1552 Armstrong Hist. Liddesdale I App. xciii.
We promis be the wrytin nevir to assuire, aggre, nor appunct with the saidis Grahmes
1558 Waus Corr. 13 (see 7 below). 1559–60 Soc. Ant. XI 521.
The … writting of the … ressait of the said chenye
1565 Edinb. Univ. MS La.iii.388a, 20b.
Na witnesis sould be admittit to impreif bot the witnesis contenit in the wreting … thairof
1578 Acts III 97/2.
That the said signatour lettre or wreting be presentit to his Maiestie to be subscriuit gif his hienes find the samin ressonabill to be grantit and that na signatour lettre nor writting pas vtherwyis
(b) 1562 Dumfries B. Ct. 127.
As at mair lenth is contenit in [the] rittin maid betuix thaim
pl. 1493 Lennox Mun. II 149.
Ayther of the said parteis sall geff till otheris the wryttynis nedfull for the fulfilling of the forsaid thingis
1514 Facs. Nat. MSS III xi.
The said Thomas Adamson … producit lauchfull witnes of full bying and selling of … the said … heretage … and gart reid the writtingis maid thareon
1526 Acts II 313/1.
William Adamsone … sall bring the writingis laitlie maid be our souerane lorde vnder his gret seile to the toune of Mydleburgh and deliuer the samin agane to the kingis grace
1553–4 Edinb. B. Rec. II 188.
The haill evidentis of the towne, comptis and vtheris wrytingis to be put thairin
1563 Edinb. Old Acc. II 179.
1564 Armstrong Hist. Liddesdale I App. cv.
Thir presents to furthfill and keip all the artycles of the foirsaid wryttyngs
1593 Prot. Bk. J. Inglis 22 April.
Anentis ane contract … subscriuit be athir of thame for sowmes of mony & victuall, … & athir of thame reiffe & brak thair vryttingis [etc.]

7. A message, request or other communication in writing, a letter, missive, etc. (Writ(e v. 3, 4, 10.) b. specif. A written command or instruction.Also pl. where plurality seems to have little or no significance.See also Clos adj. 2 and Missive adj. b for further examples.sing. 1424 State P. (Reg. H.) No. 15.
Thankand ȝour excellence … of ȝhur gracius benygn writyng
1500–1 Treas. Acc. II 96.
To ane man that passit to Scone with the kingis writing to the abbot ij s.
1522 Douglas Corr. 84.
I beseyk to perdone this my sa haymlye wrytinge
1530 Aberd. B. Rec. I 137.
That thar suld be ane wryting maid and send to thair provest … exhortand him to proceid [etc.]
1534 Stirlings of Keir 353.
Ȝe kepand this wryttyne for ȝour warand
1534 St. P. Henry VIII IV 667.
At the makyn of this wrytyn the kyng was in Crawfurd Jhon
1543 Corr. M. Lorraine 15.
For wther nowellis thair is nain heyr at the makyn of this wrytinge
?1543–4 Corr. M. Lorraine 59.
I have had writtin fra his lordeschip sen his departyng in cotures and gentill maner
1544 Corr. M. Lorraine 73.
1559 Misc. Hist. Soc. IX 97.
Prayand your lordschip … to advertise us of your mynd with this barar … this sal be our laist vricting to this effect
1565 Crim. Trials I i 488.
Ane writtine, writtine be the Justice Clark hand desyrine [etc.]
1568 Anderson Collect. Mary IV i 120.
c1570 Maxwell Mem. II 138.
a1578 Pitsc. I 90/27.
The king … gart wreit ane sueit lettir of suplicatioun to the erle … to [etc.] … This wreittand beand subscryuit and signatit with the kingis signit [was] … delyuerit [etc.]
1581–2 Misc. Spald. C. V 54.
Payit to the bringar of ane wrettin from Perth
pl. 1502 Treas. Acc. II 341.
To David Tempilman, messengeir, passand with the kingis writyngis to the lardis within the schirefdomes of Drumfreis … for provisioun for thair abilȝementis agane the mariage … To Duncane Riche, passand with sic like lettrez within the schirefdomes of Edinburgh [etc.]
1527 Douglas Corr. 342.
Plesit ȝour grace to be advertisit that quhar in my last vritingis, datit at Caldstreme, the xxj day of October [etc.]
1528 Bk. Carlaverock II 1.
We … hes ressauit ȝour writens
1531 Bell. Boece I 142.
He gat writingis that the Pichtis wer rebellit
1544 Corr. M. Lorraine 112.
1544–5 Treas. Acc. VIII 343.
Clossit writtingis … requeistand thame to be in Edinburght
1545 Douglas Corr. 154.
1549 Corr. M. Lorraine 313.
I opinit yowr grace wreittyngis and cawsit the byscoip … reid the samin
1550 Corr. M. Lorraine 323.
1550–1 Corr. M. Lorraine 347.
1552 Treas. Acc. X 92.
Writtingis and informatioun of Maister David Borthwik to Maister Williame Arthure anent certane exceptionis proponit in the mater
1558 Waus Corr. 13.
Gif ye had send me ane speciale writting quhat I had bene awand … I suld haif send yow ane speciale anser seyand nocht only I, bot alsua my frendis … fand your writtingis sa mystik that we could nocht onderstand [etc.]
1568 Argyll Fam. Lett. 9.
We haif ressauit twa vrytingis fra our sister the quene … and causit translait thame in Scottis
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 93.
Some wrytingis are cassin in … against Johne Knox
a1578 Pitsc. II 294/19.
The Erle of Mortowne send wreittingis to all thame that favourit the king to be in Edinburgh
(b) 1544 Corr. M. Lorraine 99.
(c) c1595 Maxwell Mem. II 179.
I beleif that all ȝour wretenis sall be fulfillit
b. sing. 1481 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III 462.
xv dais warnnyng be open proclamation … made be the bischopis vretin
1525 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 221.
That thai ressaue na man … to saill … without thai haif writting subscriuit with the commoun clerk … gevand thame liceance
1549 Compl. 115/4.
The senat … send ane post in message vitht ane closit vryting … chargeand hym to be mercyful
1553 Maxwell Mem. I 294.
Johne Maxvell [etc.] … I command and chargis ȝow [etc.] … Be this my vritting gevin and subscriuit with my hand at Drumfris
1559 Edinb. B. Rec. III 38.
The said Dauidis warding … wes for crymes committit aganis the quenys grace … and be hir hienes speciall writing and command
1560 Rolland Seven S. 819.
The empreour … Vnto vs … hes send ane schairp wryting Commanding vs [etc.]
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 122.
Patrik Hepburn … come … at the said command and wretting, bot he wald onnawyis subscriue
(b) 1656 Misc. 3 Spald. C. II 189.
pl. 1481 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III 462.
Be it made kend til al men be thir present vrettingis
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 128/69.
Efter our wrettingis, thesaurer, Tak in this gray hors, auld Dumbar
1508–9 Reg. Privy S. I 280/1.
Quhill thai have uthir command of us be oure speciall writingis in the contrary
1527 Douglas Corr. 117.
I ressavit ȝour full … letteris … desyring me caus serce [etc.] … as mair at large is specifyit in ȝour hienes saidis writingis
1558–9 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I lxii.
Sequestratioun of all frutis to be maid … and writtingis to be maid thairupon be my Lord to thaim all that are absent, to cum [etc.]
1656 Misc. 3 Spald. C. II 189.
Delyverit to the persones underwryten on George Ogilvy … his wrytands

8. A (literary) composition, book, report, etc. Also pl. The plural form appar. refers on some occasions to a single piece of writing. This holds true also for senses 6-7. Sometimes the reference is to the works of an author or authors.sing. a1500 Henr. Fab. 1375.
Esope I hecht; my writing [Ch. wryting, B. wrytin] and my werk Is … kend to mony cunning clerk
1490 Irland Mir. II 86/8.
I allege nocht the haly scriptur … bot I allege thar awne autoriteis and writtin
1490 Irland Mir. III 138/3.
In this buk and all my writtin I tak euir the prince for the king
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 133/73.
Off quhilk my wrytting [M. vrytting] witnes beris
a1538 Abell 91b.
He fand … a werra marwellus auld buke and amang the laif of the writing in the thrid warld the sone of God salbe [etc.]
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 186.
Ladie Seytoun … wes put to the knowlege of ane assise … for the writting and consaving of the said writting, calling thairin the kingis auctoritie … vsurpit
1596 Dalr. I 97 marg.
Sum barbarous wryteris … wald in thair wryteng bleck al the Scottis
c1650 Spalding I 257.
Thay find fault with ane treatise … set out be … Walter Makchanchell garnishit … with 2000 calumneis and lies and that thay could not get him lyable to the censur of the Scottish lawis for this his slanderous writting
(b) 1573 Knox VI 476.
Certayne bokes in aunswer of Mr. George Bucanan's wryghten agaynst the Scotsch [Queen]
pl. 1556 Peebles B. Rec. I 234.
The baillies to reforme all the wobstaris wechtis … and … pas done … to sycht the saidis stanis and se the saidis stanis reformit … and haif the dekynnis of Edinburgh writtinis heirapone within xv dayis
1561 Admir. Ct. Bk. (St. S.) 209.
For the allegeit wrangus … takin furth of the samyn [sc. a berth in a ship] … ane maill with buikis and writtingis
1562-3 Winȝet I 2/14.
The … questionis proponit … togidder with thre wryttingis … quhairin is replyit aganis his [sc. Knox's] ansueris maid to ane part of the said thre questionis
1562-3 Winȝet II 48/23.
It apperis to me that al his [sc. Origen's] writtingis … na wayis may be found
1573-1600 Burne Disput. in Cath. Tr. 124/26.
The vrittinis of the fatheris
1581 Edinb. Test. X 75.
Buistis for writtingis
1583 Melvill 160.
Casting out … the professors and students, and spulyeing the bibliothek and wryttings thairof
(b) 1569-73 Bann. Memor. 188.
George Auchinlecke … went aburde on Williame Sibbatis schip, whair thair was the ȝoung laird of Trabrowne [etc.] … who were bound to France: but he tuike thame and thair wrytingis also
1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 115.
The wrytingis and letteris found in the said casket
1596 Dalr. I 214/4.
The historiographouris in thair wrytenges [etc.]
1596 Dalr. I 238/20.
Pape Honorie, throuch scharpe writeings, accuised his wickednes
1596 Dalr. II 350/21.
The thrie estates of the realme band thame selfes be publick wrytengs that [etc.]
1653 Binning Wks. (1841) 17 (see Writ(e v. 10 e).(c) 1600 Melvill 478.
The haill storie and wreittings of the Christian kirks
(d) 1698 Fam. Innes 2.
Where they cannot prove … what they say … which makes these sorts of wreatings [sc. Duncan Forbes' Account of the Family of Innes compiled in 1698] … darne in the dark

9. (A piece of) paper or vellum with writing on it.c1520-c1535 Nisbet Matth. xxiii 5 marg. (see Philactrie n.). 1560 Rolland Seven S. 8213.
Did scho bring Paper and pen with ink … Prayit me to write my minde … And quhen I wrait and all hir minde refusit … Than the wryting vnder hir feit scho tred
a1578 Pitsc. II 193/3.
Thair was put vpone the kirk dore … ane paintted wreitting witht ane marmaidden … witht I letter callit this R and ane M [etc.] … quhilk signefied that the quenis grace and the erle Bothwell sould be the causeris of the kingis deid
1589 Perth Kirk S. in Lawson Bk. Perth 184.
Janet Macduff … to remain fast in the irons from ten hours forenoon until twelve, with an mitre on her head and writing of infamy
1597 Misc. Spald. C. I 150.
Thair fell fra thy husband ane wreiting, quhilk the said Patrik Hunter tuik vpe, and quhan he culd nocht reid nor vnderstand the same [etc.]

10. attrib. a. Intended for writing on. b. Providing a support for writing or storage of writing materials.a. 1577 Edinb. Test. V 326b.
xv skynnis of writting parchement price of the skin ij s. vj d.
1624 Edinb. Test. LII 294b.
Certane wretting parchement
1635 Brechin Test. V 172.
Tuentie rim and ane half of vreittin paiper at v merkis the rim
1645 Army of the Covenant 506.
Payed for 3 wreattinge books, 14 s. 6 d.
1695 Bk. Old Edinb. C. XXV 63.
The building of two papermilnes for makeing of white wryting and printing paper
b. 1654 Edinb. Test. LXVIII 40 (see Lettroun n. 3 (b)). 1697 Sc. N. & Q. 2 Ser. II 90 (see Lattroun n. 2).

11. comb. a. Writting buith, chalmer, hous, a place for writing, esp. the drawing up or copying out in correct form of documents, etc. Wreiting servant, a person employed to copy out documents, etc. b. Wryting skoill, a school for the teaching of writing. Writteing master, a person employed to teach writing, etc.a. (1) 1565 Edinb. Univ. MS La.iii.388a, 28a.
The clerk alwayis finding paper, ink, wax and writtin chalmer and this to be vnderstand in all particular commissaris of the realme
1568 Treas. Acc. MS 76.
Thomas Sinclairis writting buith
1572 Prot. Bk. J. Robeson 160b.
The premisis wer done … within the writting buith of me notar publict
1595 Aberd. B. Rec. II 121.
Ane hous … to be ane vreting buyth to … thair servitour and clerk
1597 Aberd. B. Rec. II 153.
The wreitting hous for the clerk of this burght
1598 Acts IV 164/2.
Writtin in the wryting buith of Daniell Hay wryttar
1611 Crim. Trials III 210.
The wryting-buithe of the said Patrik Glasfurd in Leyth
a1634 Forbes Rec. 392.
The common clerk's wrytting chalmer of the brough of Aberdein
1652 Edinb. Test. LXVI 92.
For thrie termes maill of his wryttine chalmer
1656 Edinb. B. Rec. IX 37.
Johne Scott, master wright, to build two wrytting chalmeris in the east syde of the utter jam of the parliament hous
1704 Aberd. Journal N. & Q. VI 128.
The wreiteing chamber
(2) 1687 Reg. Privy C. 3 ser. XIII 190.
Some papers given out be the deceist John Gordone procurator … to have been seen be the said George Pattone in proces when the deponent wes his wreiting servant
b. (1) 1601 Edinb. B. Rec. V 282.
Erasmus Drurye, Englisman, to keip … ane wryting skoill within the liberties of this burgh
1607 Aberd. B. Rec. II 294.
A writting schoole … for instructing of the youth in writing and arithmetik allanerlie
1658 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 176.
He conceavit, that he wes able to discharge the teaching of ane Inglish and wreiting scooll, in this burgh by himselff
(2) 1678 Edinb. B. Rec. X 341.
The councill grants warrand to Anthony Herries writteing master to teach the airt of writting and arathmetic within this citie

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