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Aucht, num. Also: acht, awcht, auchte, auchtt, auht, auch; awgh(t, aught. [Northern ME. acht, aght, aht, ONhb. æhto, eahtu, OE. eahta (ahta).] Eight.

1. With nouns.(a) 1375 Barb. vi. 256.
Aucht men tharwith has he slane
Ib. xi. 523.
Aucht hundreth armyt … thai weir
1389 Wemyss Chart. 24.
Aucht penys of syluer
c1420 Wynt. I. 694.
Sum … hawys … on ilke fut aucht tayis
Ib. 710.
Sum … passys nocht aucht yhere of lyve
Ib. v. 399.
Twenty yhere … and dayis awcht
1434 Liber Coll. Glasg. 249.
Sex syllingis and acht penys
1488 Liber Aberbr. 259.
A chaldir and aucht bollis off beir
1496 Acts II. 238/1.
Fra thai be aucht or nyne ȝeiris of age
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxvi. 43.
On thair conscience … May turne aucht oxin and ane wane
15.. Clar. iv. 813.
Aucht knightis And awght squyeris
Ib. 870.
Awcht scheildis
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 532.
Barnis aucht or nyne
a1578 Pitsc. I. 58/6.
Scho buire aught bairnes
1585 James VI Ess. 60.
Gif your lyne be of aucht fete
1603 Moysie 16.
We will call unto ws acht noble men
1606 Glasg. Chart. I. dcxviii.
Sex schillingis aucht pennyis
1632 Montgomery Mem. 291.
A … ring with aucht sparks lyke saphirs
1650–1 Misc. Spald. C. V. 177.
For aucht trees to holde the aill
1665 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 221.
Aught shilling aught pennies
(b) 1458 Reg. Great S. 143/1.
Of ilke last of hidis … auch pennys
1542 Grant Chart. 89.
Auch drawand oxin
1547 Reg. Cupar A. II. 48.
Sex schillingis auch penneis

b. Aucht dayis, a week and a day; a full week. This day aucht days, this day week; was aucht nichtis, a week ago.(1) 1507 Edinb. Chart. 191.
For the space of acht dais or fiftene dais … thairefter folowing to continew
1559 Misc. Wodrow Soc. 265.
I passit on Pasch evin till Ayr, and thair remainit aught dayis
1571 Black Bk. Taymouth 137.
Fra that furth quhyl the xxii day of Marche gret frost that no plwis ȝyd quhil aucht dayis eftyr
1596 Paisley B. Rec. 171.
Provyding gif he pey ten merks within aucht dayis
1672 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 278.
Ane knock of brase which sould goe auch days
(2) 1448 Edinb. B. Rec. 7.
Endurand quhill that day awcht dayes
1560 Rolland Seven S. 289/23.
This day aucht dayis the battell suld be done
1571 St. A. Kirk S. 357.
The seat asinnis this action to this day aucht dayis
1597 Misc. Spald. C. I. 89.
That sam day aucht dayis, at the sam hour
1607 Kinghorn Kirk S. 9.
Upon Sunday was auchte nichtis
Ib. 14.
To compeir this day aucht dayis
1609 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 70.
James Dwn … is injoyned to cum this day aucht dayes

c. Aucht houris, eight o'clock. (Cf. Hour n.) 1473 Liber Coll. Glasg. 186.
Til say a mes … betuix sewine and acht owris
15.. Clar. ii. 189.
It was neir awcht houris in the day
1593 Reg. Morton I. 182.
We … desyre you … to be heir … be aucht houris in the morning

d. In attributive combs., as aucht houris bell, aucht penny brede, aucht schilling land, etc. 1532 Reg. Privy S. II. 166/1.
The auch schilling land of ald extent of Mylmure landis
1550 Prot. Bk. J. Cristisone 100.
His auht oxingang tack of Balhagarte
1551 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 157.
Twa penny breid, four penny breid, and aucht penny breid
1571 Lanark B. Rec. 55.
Fra aucht houris bell ring
1592 Aboyne Rec. 175.
Aucht, four, and twa pennie peicis
1619 Dundee B. Laws 348.
Ane aucht pennie loaf

2. Forming part of higher numbers. 1388 Bamff Chart. 22.
The yhere of oure Lorde jm ccc. fowrescore ande acht
1388 Douglas Chart. 33.
The yeir of wr Lord a thvsand thre hondir achty and acht
1438 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 266.
A thousande four hundreth therty and acht yher
1491 Treas. Acc. I. 166.
In the ȝere of God … auchty and aucht ȝeris
c1520-c1535 Nisbet John v. 5.
A man was thare, having aucht and thretty ȝeris in his seekness
1548 Reg. Eccl. S. Trin. 217.
The yheyr of God ane thowsand fyfe hwnder xl and awcht yheyris
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Serplath.
Sex Sprusse stane conteinis twentie aucht pound Trois weicht
1690 Douglas Corr. 265.
It coms only to a thovsand thritie avghtt povnd

3. Used absolutely. ?1438 Alex. i. 2393.
That he bair doun weill aucht or ma
c 1567 Melville Corr. 232.
Theyre is four hundrethe [stanes] lakkyng awght or nyne
1585 James VI Ess. 89.
Tak heid, quhen ȝour lyne is of fourtene, that ȝour sectioun in aucht be a lang monosyllabe
1615 Highland P. III. 195.
Accumpaneid with sevin or aucht of the clan Allaster
1633 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. IX. 51.
At aught a clok in the morning
1653 Nicoll Diary 117.
Aucht aclok in the foirnune

b. Ryal of aucht, a ‘real of eight’; the eighth part of a dollar. 1654 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 144.
The number of tuentie sewine ryallis of aught belonging to the kirkwork

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