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Na, conj.3 Also: nai, nay. [Of uncertain origin: ? orig. a specialised use of Na conj.1, taken as = and not. Only Sc. Obsolete from the mid 16th c. Cf. Nor conj.2] Than.Also b. = than if.Les na: see Les a., adv. and conj. C.(1) 1375 Barb. iii. 228.
That thai had leuir ta The dede, na lat the toun be tane
Ib. vi. 538 (C).
Starkar fer na [E. than] he and ma
Ib. xiii. 85 (E). a1400 Leg. S. iii. 1103.
Bot the fend wes away in hy Sonare na ony man cuth thynke
Ib. xxxviii. 453.
Ware [= worse] na woud
Ib. xvi. 863, etc. 1400 Maxwell Mem. I. 138. c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 2034, 2830. ?1438 Alex. i. 1083, ii. 4944, etc. c1420 Wynt. iii. 920.
Thys tyrand that wes were To wyne na tyne
Ib. vii. 76. 1424 Acts II. 3/2.
That na man … haif ma personis with him na may suffice … till his estate
c1420 Bute MS. 156.
His nerrest ayres sal be nerrest to thaim na ony vthir to by that land
1436 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I. 4. 1456 Hay I. 77/21. Ib. 46/31, 55/32, etc.
To mare honour to the tane na to the tothir
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 892, 1777, etc. c1460 Vert. Mes 33 (S.T.S.). c1460 Wisd. Sol. 214 (S.T.S.), etc. c1460 Consail Vys Man 339. a1487 Gud Wyf & D. 34, 48. c1475 Wall. iii. 257.
Weylle ma na x thousand
Ib. v. 388, etc. a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 1228. a1500 Henr. Fab. 248 (Asl.), 2917 (Bann.). 1489 Treas. Acc. I. 119. c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 49/21.
Quharfor God heris sonere and erare the vrison maid in the kirk na in other placis
a1500 Bernardus 160. 1492 Myll Spect. 291/17. a1500 Seven S. 732. c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 60. Id. vi. 12, 30, xxvii. 96, l. 45, etc. 1515 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 35.
Na derer na xii d.
1516 Reg. Privy S. I. 440/2.
Half a merk mare na is contenit in the said rentale
1518 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 46.
Better … na thai war
1526 Stirling B. Rec. I. 28. 1533 Boece ii. ii. 59 b.
Na les gevin to hardyment na his broder
Ib. viii. 73 b.
Na les pane proponit na to want the hede
1533 Gau 17/4, 24/25. 1535 Stewart 7242, 8653, 24438, etc. 1541 Elgin Rec. I. 65. 1557 Reg. Cupar A. II. 135. a1568 Bann. MS. 80 b/34.(b) 1509 Justiciary Rec. II. 143.
That na lugeing … be sett … of derrer price nai thai war sett at uther justice airis
1533 Gau 94/24.
Thy marcie … is … greittar nay all our sinnis
(2) 1412 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 389.
That nane haff lord na lordschip othir na the King [etc.]
14.. Burgh Laws c. 77 (A).
I graunt I dide other thing na I aucht to doo
1478 Acta Aud. 81/1.
Gif he has pait ony sowmes … to ony vther persouns, vtheris na be the avis of the said Thomas
1493 Dunferm. B. Rec. I. 42.
Ondistrublit othir wais na the cours of common law
b. 1456 Hay I. 303/3.
Quhen he cummys furthwart on thre festuale days … all the peple … pres the mare to se him na he rade every day

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