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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).
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Quarter-compt, n. Also: quharter-. [Quarter n. 11; Compt n.1]

1. A quarterly rendering or settling of accounts of a craft incorporation. 1509–10 Edinb. B. Rec. I 128.
Gif ony man of the said craft cummis nocht to the quarter comptis four tymis in the yeir … thai sall pay twa pundis of walx vnforgevin
1650 Glasgow Wrights Acts 8.
The complaint of any wnfriman, quhairby the members of croft ar causit to conveine to thair prejudice befoir any quarter compt

2. Chiefly pl. The dues payable quarterly by the members of a craft. 1562 Edinb. Hammermen 216.
Thai beand quarter masteris of all maner of thingis vpsettis quarter comptis prentesis maillis anwellis & all vther thingis
1567–8 Edinb. Skinners in Bk. Old Edinb. C. VI 84.
xxxs viiid that wes wanting of the quharter comptis
1628 Glasgow Trades House 129.
Gewin be the litstaris and walkeris of thair quarter comptis
1643 Glasgow Weavers 78.
Anent thes who absentis themselfs fra burriellis, and quha cums not to pay thair quarter comptis
1670 Ib. 79.
Receavit at Hallow court of quarter comptis £6.2.0
Ib. 80.
For quarter comptis at Beltane £7.0.0
16.. Crail Squaremen 22.
Bott at his returning Godwilling to pay his quarter compt & yierly recnings of his craft or els not to be acepted amongst them agaen
1675 Edinb. Surgeons II 130.
But if … the said boxmaster shall make it appear that he hes done diligence for recoverie of thair quarter compts or fynes … and hes not received payment thair of then [etc.]

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