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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Greve-, Gref-, Greifschip, -ship, n. Also: grevischip, grewe-, grieve-, grefe-, greyfschip(e. [f. Greve n.1 The more common 16th c. form is Greschip, q.v. Also in later Eng. as grieveship (1721, Hearne).]

1. The district under the jurisdiction of the grieve of certain northern boroughs (viz. Cullen, Elgin, and Inverness).In this sense chiefly in 14th and 15th c. Latin texts.(a) 1381 Reg. Great S. (1814) 157/2.
Terras de Finlettre et de le Grieueschip de Culane
Ib. 176/1.
Terras … de Greuiscip de Culane
1456 Exch. R. VI. 211.
De firmis terrarum de Greveschip de Elgyn
1458 Ib. 463.
Le Greveschip burgi de Elgyn
1585 Inverness Rec. I. 298.
The statut … aganis the cottaris of the burcht and greweschip of Innernis
attrib. 1562 Exch. R. XIX. 202 n.
We [the provost, baillies and counsel of Elgin] ar detbund to your grace in tuentie markis of yeirlie dewitie callit greveschip males to the erledome of Murray
(b) 1458 Exch. R. VI. 460.
Et de viij li. [rent] dele Grefeschipde Elgyn
1460 Ib. 653.
Duas marcas de le Greyfschipe de Elgyn
1496 Reg. Great S. 492/2.
Terras [in Forres] nuncupatas le Grefship, le Bailyeland, le Mekilbog

2. Stewardship. 1575 Edinb. Test. IV. 63.
The day of jugement quhen thay sall gif ane compt of thair greifschip

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