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Idand, Ident, a. Also: ydan, yd-, aydant, ydent, -en. [Later varr. of Ithand a. Common in mod. dial. in the spellings eident, ident.] Assiduous, diligent, persistent.(a) 1529 Stirling B. Rec. I. 36.
For his idand and contynuall gud serwice yerly to be done
1590-1 R. Bruce Serm. vi.
The soules of the sanctes departed ar mair ydant in this exercise [of praise] then when they wer aliue
1600-1610 Melvill 33.
O iij. Ther was twa in St Androis wha war aydant heirars
Ib. 468.
For thie my praer hes aydant bein
1622-6 Bisset II. 189/21.
The birnand and greit zeall, idand and erdant as any fyre
(b) 1587 Reg. Episc. Brechin II. 360.
His ydent and faythfull perseuerance in the samin
1597 Elgin Rec. II. 60.
The ident and continuall trauellis maid and done be … thair sessioun clark, in … wretting of thair actis [etc.]
(c) 1596 Dalr. I. 233/35.
Throuche thair ydan, still, and continual preichengs, mony … war baptised
1605 Lett. Eccles. Affairs I. 15.
In this caus I behovit … to be ane yden solicitar of the judges

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