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Forfaltour, Forfaultour, n.1 Also: foir-, forefaltour, foirfaltore, foirfaultour, -faultor, for(e)faulter, forfautor, -fawtor. [Var. of Forfalture.]

1. a. Sentencing of a person to forfeiture. b. Loss of lands, etc., by forfeiture.(a) 1489 Crim. Trials I. 13.
The process of forfaltour led upon oure cousingis Johne, Erle of Leuenax [etc.]
1493 Acta Conc. 271/1.
He clamis the sammyn [landis] to pertene to him be the forfaltour of Johne Ramsay
1515 Stirlingis of Keir 306.
The redemcioun of the saidis landis … eftir that the dome of forfaltour was gevin
1564 Warrender P. I. 42.
A process of forfaltour wes deduced aganis my Lord of Lennox for certane offenses
1573 Elgin B. Rec. I. 141.
Ane pretendit proces and dome of forfaltour
c1650 Spalding II. 57.
This summondis wes raisit by directioun of the Estaitis aganes thir persones, wnder the pane of forfaltour
(b) 1529 Reg. Privy S. II. 1/2.
Land … now being in our souerane lordis handis be resoun of eschete throw foirfaltour of the said Archibald
1567 Acts II. 577/1.
As at mair lenth is contenit in the said proces … and dome of foirfaltour
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 310.
Domes of foirfaltoure, horningis, and penalties following thairvpoun
1587 Reg. Privy C. IV. 154.
The sentenceis of foirfaltour and barratrie gevin contrare him
1632 Lanark B. Rec. 326.
Be ressoun of warde, releif, … foirfaltour, … or ony uther richt or tittill
c1650 Spalding I. 279.
Chargeing and commanding him to give over the castell, … wnder pane of foirfaltour of lyf, land, and goodis
(c) 1513 Reg. Privy S. I. 383/2.
Be ressone of recognitioun, alienatioun, forefaltour, … or ony uther wais
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Arage.
The dome of forefaltour pronunced against Schir Roger Mowbray
Id. Reg. Maj. 132.
The paine of treason is tynsell, and forefaltour of life, lands, gudes, and geir moveabill
(d) 1556 Wemyss Chart. 185.
All wardis, relevis, … forfaultour … that may be imput to the sds landis
1618 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 356.
The said Mr. Henrie … hes justlie deservit the forfaultour and deprivatioun of his fredome
1641 Acts V. 382/1.
He craves to be restored aganes the decreet of foir faultour
1685 Lauder Hist. Observes 165.
A summons of treason is raised against him in order to his forfaultor
(e) 1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. i. xix. § 12.
A crime that deserves forefaulter
1696 Lanark B. Rec. 260.
Yourself knous the reasones of the povertie of the burgh, by the forfaulters, fyneing, and frie quarters

2. A forfeited estate. a1500 Rauf C. 760.
Forfaltour or fre waird, that first cummis to hand, I gif thé heir heritabilly

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