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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).

Pupillar, Pupul(l)ar, -er, adj.1 [Only Sc.: L. pūpillār-is belonging to an orphan or ward, F. pupillaire (1409 in Godef.), mod. Eng. pupilar (19th c.).] Of or pertaining to a person below the age of legal puberty; pupillary.Chiefly pupillar age, also age pupillar, = Pupil(l)aritie n.Pupillar substitution, in Civil Law, the nomination of a substitute to take the place of an institute (Institute n.2) who, having succeeded as heir, had then died while still in pupillarity: see further Stair Inst. below.(1) 1554 Acts II 604/1.
In the respect that the said noble prince … is content to demit … his office of tutorie foirsaid … now or the pupillar aige of oure said souerane lady be perfytit and completit
1555 Prot. Bk. T. Dalrymple MS 18.
Maister Johne Werdlawe … & … scho makis tutouris … to him … now being in his pupillar aige
1594 Edinb. Test. XXVII 160.
Tutrix to his lauchtfull bairnes during thair pupillar aige
1608 Ib. XLIV 162.
During his pupuller aige
1610 Brechin Test. II 38.
Efter the exspyringe of the ȝeiris off thair pupillar aige
1600 Acts IV 242/1.
During the age pupular of our said souerane lordis darrest mother
(2) 1663 Decis. Lords G. 58.
Certain passages were adduced from the Civil Law in the matter of nillus institutione and substitution of heirs vulgar and pupullar
1681 Stair Inst. iii viii 19.
Substitution was of two kinds, vulgar and pupillar. Pupillar is that whereby fathers were allowed in their testament having named their children, being pupils, to be their heirs, to substitute heirs to them
1694 M. P. Brown Suppl. Decis. IV 144.
And, in pupillar substitutions, the substitute took place though the institute did not

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