Show Search Results Show Browse

A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.

Famyl(e, Famel(l, n. Also: famyll(e, famil(e, famele, -eill, femell. [OF. famille. App. not in use in ME.]

1. A household; the servants and others forming a household.(a) 1388 Douglas Chart. 33.
S[ch]o sal haf fre issov and leif to pass at hir will, and hir mene, hir famyl, with al thair gvdys
a1400 Leg. S. xxxi. 637.
Hyre famyle, mare & les, As thai ware tacht, bare fals witnes
c1420 Wynt. iii. 52.
His famyle thare … That was the chambure than wyth out
1438 Montgomery Mem. 29.
That the forsayd Alexander sall find his dochter for fyff yher with the repayr off hyr husband and his famil
1452 Acts II. 41/2.
That na man halde wittall mayr than will serf him and his famyle for ane quarter of a ȝere
1580 Inverness B. Rec. I. 286.
All … fre men … to mak thair actuall residence, wyth thair wyiffis, bernis, famyll, … within the burcht
(b) 14.. Acts I. 69/2.
Gif he be his lege man … or wonnand on his lande or of his famel
c1460 Wisd. Sol. 410.
I had in hows women and men seruandis, with gret famell, to do my werkis
a1500 Doug. K. Hart 41.
Thir folk with all the femell thai micht fang Quhilk nummerit ane milȝon and weill mo
1529 Lynd. Complaynt 36.
I hope thow sal do als weill As did the father of fameill
1555 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 216.
Outlandis men nocht beand maryit, nor haiffand famele, nor sufficient substaunce
1594 Grant Chart. 186.
That thai … [and] thair famelis … sall obserue and keip the Kingis Maiesties peace

2. A kindred or lineage. c1420 Wynt. iv. 2634.
Off that hous and that famylle He wes off kyn and off renowne
Ib. viii. 706.
Hys name … That wes famows … Amang his kyn and his famyle
1513 Doug. v. iii. 36.
Sergestus, Quham fra the famyle come hait Sergia
Ib. viii. iv. 190.
The famyll of Pynaria the bald
Ib. ix. vii. 173.
The famyl and ofspring of Ené
1535 Stewart 41160.
His hous and famell … Onto sic riches and greit honour grew

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Famyl n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 5 Mar 2024 <>



Hide Advanced Search

Browse DOST: