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Dochter, Dochtir, n. Also: dochtyr(e, -ttir, -tter, -thir, -ther, -teyr, -tre, -tar, doht(t)er; docther, doctir; doȝter, doghter, -tier, -tar; dochtour; doichter, -tir, -tar, -tor; docher, -ir, dother, -ir, doither, -air, -ar. [ME. doghter, -tir, doȝter, -tir, early dohter, OE. dohtor. See also Douchter and Dauchter. The form dothir has remained in dialect.]

1. A daughter.(a) 1375 Barb. i. 200.
Thar wyffis wald thai oft forly And thar dochtrys
1391 Lennox Mun. 44.
For the mariage of … his dochter
14.. Acts I. *91/2.
Giff that ony of the brether of the gyld … leyff a doȝter
c1420 Wynt. vi. 265.
Hys dochteris he kend to wewe and spyn
1471 Peebles B. Rec. 167.
Ony gud mennis wyffis [or] dochterris
a1500 Prestis of Peblis 819.
This burges had ane dochter to him deir
1513 Reg. Privy S. I. 378/1.
Dochteris and airis of the said umquhile Walter
1535 Stewart 39878.
Duncane tua sonis had on lywe, With Oswardis dochter
1544 Corr. M. Lorraine 110.
The Quenis grace ȝour dohtter
c1568 Lauder Minor P. ii. 73.
Now the dochter and the sone Lichtlyis the mother that thame bure
1587 Melville Chart. 130.
Reuersiones … to the said Iohnne Melwyll four youngast dochtaris
1596 Montgomery Mem. 236.
Mary Hammiltoun, dochter naturall to my Lord of Paisley
1604 Tailor's Acc. Bk. 31.
To ȝour dochteris brydle claithis
1630 Haddington Corr. 169.
My dohter Caett … is in the mending hand
1648 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 89.
Issobell Chalmer, lauchfull dochter to vmquhill George Chalmer
1661 Melrose R. Rec. I. 339.
Att his dochters brydell
fig. c1460 Wisd. Sol. 819.
Al the dochteris of wykitnes
1490 Irland Mir. I. 57.
We that are … dochteris [of God] be faithe
(b) a1400 Leg. S. xlv. 38.
The toure quhar his dochtir ves
Ib. 40.
How his dochtire had done
Ib. 125.
Cristyane, my dochtyre brycht
1397 Douglas Chart. 38.
A dochtyr of ovre lorde the kyngys
c1420 Wynt. vi. 471.
Scho wes … A burges dochtyr, and hys ayre
Ib. 829.
The erle off Angws … Had a dochtyre
c1460 Consail Wys Man 413.
His wyf, his dochttir, na his seruand … Desyr nocht
1482 Edinb. Chart. 146.
A richt noble princes Cicile, dochtir to the said Edwarde king of Ingland
1523 Fam. Rose 199.
This contrak sall stand in effect … to ony othir dochttyr of the said David
1536 Douglas Corr. 351.
Our naturall dochtyr and systyr to the kyng
1552 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. I. 141.
Alyson Scot, docthyr to the said Thomas
1568 Reg. Morton I. 37.
The Erle of Harford … suld marie secretar Cecillis dochthir
c1598 Black Bk. Taymouth 9.
Margaret Stewart dochtir to Duke Murdoch
(c) a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 1152.
He gart schir Gawyne vpga, His wife, his doghter alsua
15.. Clar. iii. 782.
My doghter, how hes it happint thus?
1585 Wemyss Chart. 215.
In name of toquhar gude with … Margret his doghtar
1595 Logie Par. Hist. I. 80.
Agnes Forester doghtir to Jone Forester
1649 Acts VI. ii. 142/2.
The claime of the saidis doghters as airs of line
1663 Wemyss Corr. 124.
Your Lordship's most affectionet doghter and servant, Anna Buccleuch
(d) 1492 Douglas Chart. 131.
Archibald Erle of Angus … and Marion Douglas his doichter
1508 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 112.
The burges doichteris … to haue the priuilege of the secund son
1539 Stirlings of Keir 364.
Margrat Boquhanane, eldest doichtare of … Patrik Boquhanane
1560 Fam. Rose 229.
Mariorie Rois, doychtir to the said Huchon Rois
1570 Leslie 19.
She buir to him … sax doichters, quhilkis war all honorablie mareit
1593 Sutherland Chart. 175.
Margreit Gordowne, lauchfull begottin doichtir of … Iohne Gordowne
c 1614 Rep. Hist. MSS. I. 139.
Thertie yeardis of flowrit tafetie … for his doichteris
(e) 1493 Acta Aud. 178/2.
Mariage … betuix the said Gilbert and vmquhile Mariory Wishart, dothir of the said Johne
1526 Reg. Panmure II. 302.
My Lord of Craufurd sall gif his dother … to be mareit with the said Laird
1548 Lanark Sheriff Ct. 10.
Redemptioun of his landis … to be maid … to his sone & hir said dother
c 1600 Misc. Spald. C. II. 32.
Magdalen, doithar to the Kyng of France
Ane of the doitharis of … Thomas Pratt
(f) 1615 Dunferm. B. Rec. 65.
The taxatioun grantit be the estaitis for the mariage of his hines dochtour
1655 Blairs P. 87.
Lady Hadingtoune … the Markis of Huntly … dochtour

2. Dochter of (or in) law, daughter-in-law. 1579 Edinb. Test. VII. 307 b.
He left to … Jonet Craufurd his dochter of law his best cloik
1609 Brechin Test. III. 7.
I leiff to … my dochter in law ane hunderethe markis

3. Dochter dochter, dochter(is) sone, granddaughter or grandson by a daughter.(1) c1420 Wynt. viii. 80 (W).
The dochtir dochtir of our king Alexander
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 264/6.
Alexander the thrid … left na air of his body bot his dochter dochter Margaret
(2) 1533 Boece xiii. iv. 505.
Erle Bewmont nevo and dochter son of William bastard
1535 Stewart 40818.
The eldest sone of Godowyn … , And dochteris sone to Canutus also
a1586 Maitland Ho. Seytoun p. xiii.
Becaus I was ane dochteris sone of the said hous

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