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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).
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Quhen-swa, Qwheyn-sa, Quhen-so, adv., conj. [Early ME weonne so (Layamon), ME (c1400) and e.m.E. (Spenser) when so, early ME whannse (Orm), hwonse (Ancr. R.), hwense (c1175), repr. OE *swá hwanne swá.] As indef. or defin. compound relative: On or after the occasion on which; after; when in due course; at the time at which. = Quhen adv.1 and conj. B. Also quhenswa at.(a) 1392 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 25.
Duyrande the terme of the forsayde take outakyn manredyn or fewte qwheyn sa [they] be avcht of the sayde landis
1473 Reg. Cupar A. I 178.
He sal haue the fredome of hoslary quhenswa at it be sufficiand
1567 Reg. Privy C. I 522.
Quhen swa this cruell murthour wes committit … nevir ceissit he of his wickit … pretense
(b) c1475 Wall. ii 178.
Quhen so thow will out of this warld I wend, Giff I suld now in presoune mak ane end

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