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Recognis, v. Also: -ysse, -eis, -ise, -isce, recoignys(s)(e. [e.m.E. recognise (1531–2), -ys(e, -ize, OF recognoiss-, stem of reconoistre.]

1. tr. To take possession of (lands or rights) again; to repossess. = Reconis v. 1388–9 Charter (Reg. H.) Suppl. 29 Jan.
James of Sandylandes … gert recoignysse the landes that Alane of Lawedre held of him
1392 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 25.
The tyme that the sayde erilis fader … tha … landis recoignyst
1427 Highland P. II 157.
That … yhe recognis in our handis the third part of the lands of Glastir
1442 Raine N. Durham App. 105.
Granntand till hym our full power … till execute tenantdrys to recognysse the same tenantz and tenantdrys
1449 Acts II 35/1. 1488–9 Acta Conc. I 103/1.
The landis of Brethertoune … recognist be the said William erle merschell for alienacioune without consent of the owrlord
1497 Ib. II 71.
The fisching of the watter of Findorne … wes recognist of before in our soverane lordis handis
1510 Reg. Privy S. I 329/2.
Quhilk hale barony is recognist … and thairthrow pertenis to the king
1512 Ib. 365/2.
The kingis hienis infeft him in the saidis landis park and fisching efter thai wer recognist and appreciate to the kingis use
1526 Ib. 527/2. 1535 Stewart 10025.
Rycht mony falt … thai fand, Fra lord and laird for to recogneis land
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i 113.
The lord may not recognise the waist lands for the annuels bygane

2. To recognize or identify (hand-writing). = Recognosce v. 2, with which there may here be some confusion. 1500 Acta Conc. II 448.
[The earl to compear … ] til recognisce and knaw his hand writ contenit in the sade obligatioun

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