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Douchter, Dowchter, n. Also: douhter, douchtere, -tir(e, -tyr(e, -tre, douthtyre, doucther, -tyr; doughter, -tir, -tre, dougter; dowhtyr, dowchtir, -tyr(e, -tre, -tter, dowght(t)er; douther, -ir, dowther. [ME. dough-, dowghter, douȝter, -tir, etc., variants of doȝter, OE. dohter, -tor. Cf. Dochter.] A daughter.(a) 1375 Barb. xx. 130.
The rialte that his douchter bar
1400 Douglas Corr. 59.
That I am gretly wrangit be the Duc of Rothesay, the quhilk spousit my douchter
c1420 Wynt. vii. 2857.
Alayne off Galways douchtrys thre, That hys ayrys off lauch suld be
1456 Hay I. 40/7.
Thare was Eneas maryte with King Albondris douchter
1482 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 34.
Wilyeame … sal mary, spous, and have to wif Elizabetht … douchter to the said lord
1500 Fraser P. 110.
Elizabeth Ogstoun, the douchter and are of umquhile Walter Ogstoun
1531 Bell. Boece I. 12.
The Scottis gaif thair douchteris in mariage to the Pichtis
1548 Douglas Corr. 171.
To my derrest doucther the Countess of Leuenax
1550 Prot. Bk. J. Cristisone 100.
Katrine Myll, douhter to the said James
1568 Prot. Bk. T. Johnsoun 109.
[Her father is bound to] cleith the said Margaret his douchter in bak and bed as ane honest mannis douchter suld be cled
1594 Maxwell Mem. II. 176.
The sute of the Earle of Cassillis to my douchter
(b) a1400 Leg. S. iii. 957.
Be sikyr, douchtyr, and dred nocht
Ib. xxxiii. 48.
Thare douchtir, that wes thare are
1410 Red Bk. Menteith II. 281.
Elisabeth of Douglas, the douchtir of the said Erle of Douglas
c1420 Wynt. v. 1653.
This Philipe had a douchtyr fayre
Ib. viii. 724.
Hys douchtyr succede sall in his stede
1453 Melville Chart. 37.
Mariory Ogylvyl, the douchtire wmquhille of Schir Jhone Glen
1461 Douglas Chart. 90.
A douchtir of the said erle of Huntle
1513 Doug. ii. xii. 44.
Thar salt thou … wed to spows the douchtir of a kyng
1519 Buccleuch Mun. 137.
Cristiane Scot, douchtyr to the said Waltyr Scot
1551 Prot. Bk. W. Corbet 19.
Alesone … hyr eldest douctyr
(c) a1400 Leg. S. ii. 250.
Fare well, dowchtir of lestand hele
1390 Reg. Morton I. App. p. xl.
Jonet Gourlay, the dowchtir of qwhilome Sir Thomas of Erth Knicht
c1420 Wynt. ii. 1526.
Hyr dowchtyre … Tuke wpe armys in hyr stede
Ib. vii. 3473.
Dame Margret, The Erle off Flawndrys dowchtyr fayre
1423 Melville Chart. 23.
Becaus of the mariage off Elizabeth, his dowchtir
1536 Prot. Bk. M. Fleming 118 b.
Crystene Allan hyr dowchtyr
1548 Buccleuch Mun. II. 188.
Contrair quhatsumeuer persone or persones, our darrest dowchter … allanerlye exceptit
1554 Corr. M. Lorraine 393.
All thingis betuix the jwsteys clerk and my dowhtyr
a1578 Pitsc. I. 157/19.
Margarit quen of Scotland, dowchter to the Duik of Gilder
1634 Peebles B. Rec. 419.
Mairrane Kaitchine for hir dowchter
(d) 1437 Reg. Panmure II. 230.
At the said schir Dauid had … alanerli a doughter
1504 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 138.
Ellenor Gordon the doughter of umquhill George Erl of Huntly
1560 Bk. Disc. 246.
Yf the sone or dowghter … have thair hearte tweiched with desyre of mariage
a1578 Pitsc. I. 48/10.
This marieage betuix his sone and his brotheris doughter
1613 Rep. Southesk MSS. 14.
The bypast pruiffes of your vndisserved favour to me and my doughter
1663 Wemyss Corr. 110.
My wirthie mother was a doughter of your hous
1683 Wemyss Chart. 255.
My breslit of amathists … to … my dowghter
(e) 1509 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I. 57.
Androu Dane had spulȝeit Aly Wattis douthir of ane cloik of tanny
1538 Soc. Ant. II. 391.
The assys ordains the wedwyf and her dowther to be banisst the towne
1571 Fam. Rose 258.
Margaret Ros dowthir to the said Hucheon

b. Douchter sone, douchter, grandson, -daughter. c1420 Wynt. iii. 819.
Off that land … Hys douchtyr sone hys ayre he maid
Ib. viii. 80.
The dowchtyr douchtyr off oure kyng Alysandre

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