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Quhowsone, conj. and adv. Also: q(u)hou-, quho-, whow-, whou- and -soun, -swne, -suin; -soyn(e; -soone; -schwyne, -schwin, -schowne; -schone. [Var. of Howsone.]

A. conj. As soon as; when; every time that, whenever.Also quhowsone that and quhowsone as.Quhowsone soeuir, id.; cf. Quhow adv. (conj.) 9.(1) 1509 Perth Guildry MS 475 (26 May).
And als that quhovsoun it sall happin lowis werk to be biggit … the said Dauid & Finlaw sall wphald the said werk
1514–15 Doug. in Doug. (Sm.) I p. xli.
And to the kyngis grace thar quhow soyn he sall cum to his presens
1522 Lennox Mun. 221.
In ane lettir of reuersione to be maid … be me tharapone qhov sone it sall happine me to be chargit tharto
1539 Chart. Coupar A. II 146.
And quhowsoun the said Den Alexander cumis … he sall haue the said haill pensioun
1541 Aberd. B. Rec. I 175.
To hefe payit her quhow sone it had bene sallyt
1542 Grant Chart. 88.
And quhow schwyne it may happyne me … to be enterit … in the said landis thane and in that cais … [I] bindis … me [etc.]
1544–5 Corr. M. Lorraine 131.
Quhow swne I haif putt ordir heir sall hest me to your grece
1558 Prot. Bk. Sir A. Gaw 45.
Quhovsone the said Thomas … ves fre of thair cumir, he cam befoir me
1564–5 Breadalbane Lett. MS (Reg. H.).
Quhowsoun the bankat takis end we sall labour diligentlie thairin
1566 Rec. Earld. Orkney 376.
And quhowsone we … had knawlage of the way taking of the said schip incontinent addressit vs … to tak the said schip and thewis
1567 Stewart Mem. 102.
Sex scoir of merkis to the said lawde quhow soun he beis of lauchtfull and perfite age
1586 Rait & Cameron King James's Secret 68.
The passeport salbe hade quhow sone it is possibill
1596–7 Misc. Spald. C. I 87.
Quhilk scheittis quhow sone thow knew hed takin heitt about hir heid, immediatlie thow com and tuik tham agane fra hir
1613 Elgin Rec. II 135.
And said his fatt left working quhov soyne the said Elspet Cuming past out of his workhous dor
(b) 1570 Peebles B. Rec. I 318.
1570 Leslie 265.
(c) 1570 Leslie 110.
Whousone he come neir thairto, he wes chaissed be the saide laird
1585 James VI in Melvill 239.
Allwayes, whowsoone the haill ministers … sall mend thair maners, … the forsaid act salbe rescindet
(2) 1516 Sutherland Bk. III 66.
Quhousone and allssoune [pr. alltosoune] as the said Elezabet [etc.] … infefts me … than incontinent but delay or tary I … oblisis me [etc.]
1520 Grant Chart. 65.
At the mariage sal be completit quhat tyme and quhow sone the said dispensacion cumis hame
1537 Ib. 271.
Quhow schwyne
1545 Ib. 96.
Quhow schwin
1548 Boyd Fam. P. No. 26 (6 Aug.).
Quhow soyne
1567 Douglas Chart. 263.
At quhat tyme, quhowsvin and quhensvmeevir the said Isobell Rait inlaikis … than and in that cais the saidis Alis Douglas sall … resing [etc.]
1597 Grant Chart. 190.
Quhow schone
(3) 1509 Douglas Chart. 189.
That quhat tyme and quhovsoun that it sall happin the said George … to get … entris … thane sall we thareftir incontinent [etc.]
1561 M. Napier Mem. J. Napier 72.
Quho sone that ye haif reseifit this his aquytance … that your mr caus this acquytance be insert in the buikis
1564–5 Rec. Earld. Orkney 275.
And quhowsone that scho mellis with ane man scho sall remvif fra the said place
1581 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 112b.
Quho sone that ony … inlaikis
1622-6 Bisset I 221/29.(4) 1562-3 Winȝet I 124/23.
That quhow sone as a sinnar is resauit … to mercy, that all temporall pane is also demittit to him
(5) 1562-3 Winȝet II 70/6.
And heirfor, quhowsone soeuir [L. cum primum] the rottin stink of a wickit erroure quhatsumeuir sal begin to brest out … lat it be maid patent

B. adv. As soon as possible; forthwith. a1578 Pitsc. II 272/4.
Quhairwith thai did mak the towne verrie strenthie and tuik vp men of weir and quhow schowne

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