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Walk, Wak(e, Wach(e, v.1 Also: walke, waulk, valk, wakk, vak(e, wai(l)k, vaik(e, vaick, watch(e, whatch, vach, vatche, uach(e, wauch, waich(t, wai(t)che, waitht, vaiche, wech(e, wetsche, wyche. Pres. p. vacand. P.t. wok(e, woik(e, voik, wouk(e, wo(u)lk, wowke, wook, walkit, -yt, wawkit, wakit, -(e)d, wach(i)t, wachyt, watchit, vatschit, weitcheit. P.p. walked, wakit, -et, -ed, waukyt, waaked, vaikit, wachit, -yt, -ed, watchit, -et. [ME and e.m.E. wakenn (Orm), wakeȝen (c1200), wakien, wecche(n (both a1225), wak (Cursor M.), wake(n (Chaucer), wacche(n (Gower), wache(n (?a1400), watche (1430-40), weche (1450). P.t. waked (c1250), woke (c1290), wok (Cursor M.), wook (Trevisa), watched (a1400), wakked (c1500), wayket (1548). P.p. waked (c1300), waken (Manning), wachede (?a1400), wecchid (c1450), OE wacian, wæcc- (ONorthumb. wæcc-), strong p.t. and p.p. wóc, wócon, ON vaka, MDu., MLG waken. Cf. Wach(e n.]

I. 1. intr.To be or remain awake, esp. at or all night.For pres. p. forms see Wa(l)kand ppl. adj.pres. a1400 Leg. S. xxxii 451.
& of the nycht Walk [L. vigilavit] fore hyr sak
c1450-2 Howlat 58 (A).
Aganis natur in the nicht I walk [B. waik] in to weire
c1475 Wall. ix 990.
Eftir this day all nycht I may nocht waik
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 173/14.
Ȝisterday … fowllis in forrest that sang cleir Now walkis with a drery cheir
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 191/11.
I walk I turne sleip may I nocht
1531 Bell. Boece (M) II 273.
King Robert … tuk na rest, bot vacand in his deuote contemplacioun revoluand all ieopardijs and chance of fortoun in his mynde
1533 Bell. Livy I 238/14.
[He] causit horsmen with swasche and taberne to play all nycht about the trynschis, to hald thare inemyis walkand to the morow
1533 Gau 100/19.
Ȝe haiff ane litil faith ȝe cane notht vaik ane our with me
a1540 Freiris Berw. 116 (B).
Freir Allane lay doun … Freir Robert said, ‘I hecht to walk this nicht, Quha wait perchance sum sport I ma espy?’
1562 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 10.
That syndrie suspect personis … walkis the haill nycht, drinking, carting and dissing
1562-3 Winȝet I 6/14.
That he fal on sleip quhen he suld erast walk
c1590 Fowler I 355/31.
They feid on teares, they waik the night
p.t. 1375 Barb. ii 555.
The king … ilk nycht him selwyn wouk And his rest apon daiis touk
a1400 Leg. S. xxx 448.
He … that nycht mekyl woike
a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 471.
Weiping scho woik the nicht fra end to end
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 26/34.
Langour … That nevir sleipit bot evir wouke
1516–17 Treas. Acc. V 157.
To the Franche talbanaris and menstralis that woik and playit all that nycht
1533 Boece 606b.
The Inglis army … wolk all the nycht and tuk na rest
c1590 Fraser Wigtown (1877) 392.
That scho and hir husband … voik into the nicht quhen all utheris sleipit
(b) 1673 Stirling Common Good 86a.
For ale and candell to the tounsmen that waked
1678 Brodie Diary 406.
We wer alarmd with Highland men, and the yong men wakd al night

2. To wake (up), to awaken from sleep. Also fig.pres. a1400 Leg. S. xvii 230.
He gert hym vak, & askyt hyme his benysone
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1296.
O Lord, quhy sleipis thow sa lang? Walk, and discerne my cause
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 393.
1533 Gau 68/15.
Thair sal mony vaik wp of thayme quhilk slepis in the ȝeird
Arundel MS 284/180.
O Lorde, kepe me walkande and slepande, that I may slepe in pece and walk in Thé my God
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1778.
This gud hound rais and of his sleip did walk
p.t. a1400 Leg. S. xvi 324.
c1400 Troy-bk. ii 2856.
Wlixes with that woke … And of his dreme had gret ferly
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1621 (Bann.).
I woik; Syne throw the schaw my iurney hamewart tuke
1490 Irland Mir. I 114/9.
Nane in the tovn wouk nore maid defence
(b) a1538 Abell 59a.
Hungus wawkit & his knythtis schew to him at in the nycht [etc.]
fig. 1490 Irland Mir. III 72/9.
O mortale man awis thé … and walk fra deidly sleip

3. tr.To cause to wake, to waken. Also fig. 1375 Barb. vii 179.
May I traist in thé me to waik Till ik a litill sleping tak
1559–60 St. A. Kirk S. 24.
Sche rais, beand walked b[e] Margaret
fig. 1490 Irland Mir. III 10/6.
The inuisible grace … puttis away the spirituale myrknes … of the flesch it wakis

b. transf.To shift, dislodge. 1686 Inverness Rec. II 340.
He being pleughing his masters land, … the pleugh waked and lowsed the march stone

II. 4. intr.To keep vigil, esp. accompanied by prayer and fasting; to be vigilant or watchful in spiritual matters. Passing into sense 5. Also reflex.1570-1 quot. may belong in b or in 7 below(a) a1400 Leg. S. iii 1120.
And commawndit tham fore to pray Fore hyme, als wakk and fast the day
a1400 Leg. S. xxi 999.
[They] wakit & prayit sa lang, that thai Fand quhare that relikis lay
a1400 Leg. S. xxvii 1393.
a1400 Leg. S. xxxv 177.
That nycht thai wouke … & prayt God
1535 Stewart 37246.
But meit or sleip rycht lang fastit and woik
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5551.
The scripture biddis ws walk, and pray
1562-3 Winȝet I 111/8.
Quhat tyme is it … that a guid bischope … suld nocht waik on prayar, studie, or preching
1567 G. Ball. 8.
Walk and be sober, fast and pray
(b) 1570–1 Lanark B. Rec. 54.
For candill to wyche in the kirk, ij s.
reflex. c1520-c1535 Nisbet Matth. xxiv 42.
Wake ye: for ye wate nocht in quhat hour the Lord sal cum

b. intr.and tr.To keep watch over a corpse or the grave of one newly dead. 1375 Barb. xiii 517.
Than till a kyrk he gert him be Brocht and walkyt all that nycht
?1438 Alex. ii 10715.
Great lordis that we fand deid, We gart thame bring to ane steid, Tempill Diane for to wake
1460 Hay Alex. 18129.
All the nycht thai woulk him in that stede
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 1365.
That ay ane walk and keipe the sepulture
1574–5 Haddington Treas. Acc. 34.
Candill to walk hir that nycht scho deit
1672 Edgar Old Church Life II 240.
For tobacco and pipes that night they were waked

5. intr.To be diligent, alert, wary; to watch out, be vigilant; to pay attention. Const. various preps. Also without const. b. specif.To attend on (upoun) (a person or thing). c. fig.To make alert. Const. vp. This may rather be a further example of sense 2.(a) 1456 Hay II 15/23.
Sa that clerkis mycht pesably study in sciencis, men of kirk vake in Goddis service, merchandis in thair marchandice [etc.]
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1925.
Exhortand folk to walk and ay be wair Fra nettis of oure wickit enemie
c1475 Wall. v 655.
On othir thing he maid his witt to walk, Prefand giff he mycht off that languor slaik
c1475 Wall. ix 50.
The seymen than, walkand full besyly, Ankyrs wand in wysly on athir syd
1490 Irland Mir. I 8/11.
Quhat honour and proffit is to a king … to wak and geve his lauboure and study to wisdome
1490 Irland Mir. I 78/14, 18.
The … honour of humane nature requirit nocht to pas and vaik, incontinent eftir the creacioun of it, to the carnale and fleschly operacioune, bot first to spirituale werkis … Bot and the man had remanit lang time in paradice … he had vaikit with his lady to that werk
c1520-c1535 Nisbet Heb. xiii 17.
Obey ye to your soueranis … for thai perfitelie wakis [L. pervigilant] … for your saulis
1526 St. P. Henry VIII IV 435.
Anent the article desirand conservatouris to be maid aboune the wardanis; the Lordis ansueris that thai have nocht bene in use of making of conservatouris bot sall thame selfis continualie vaike
1535 Stewart 29319.
He schew … how first … Richt fruttles folk but ony faith he fand … And how he went amang thame and he woik Ilk da be da moir travall … To teiche and preiche
1540 Lynd. Sat. 271 (B).
O luvaris walk [Ch. awalk] behald [etc.]
1551 Hamilton Cat. 128.
Brethir be sober and walk, for … the devil gangis about lyk a rampand lyone
1551 Hamilton Cat. 246.
Our salviour commandit us to walk in our prayaris Sayand ‘Vigilate’
(b) 1560 Rolland Seven S. 10071.
The empreour … watchit about quhat time that he best micht Cum … his awin twa sonnis to sla
b. 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 1448.
‘All thir’ … 'on Venus' seruice vaikis In deidis of armis for thair ladyis saikis'
1543–4 Corr. M. Lorraine 58.
I pray your grace to help me … sen I haif wakit on your grace service
1558-66 Knox II 235.
Yf a minister … be negligent in studie, or one that vaketh not upoun his charge
1558 Dumfr. & Galloway Soc. XXV 112 (see Wa(l)kin(g vbl. n.1 4).
1567 Canongate Kirk S. (ed.) 71.
That no slwthfull persons … be chosin in the office of the kirk, bot thois that may and will waik upon it
1567 G. Ball. 144.
Lat our eine sum sleip do tak, Our hartis all tyme on thé may waik
a1568 Scott v 23.
Vpoun thair vyce war lang to waik, Quhais falsatt, fibilnes, and tressone, Hes rung thryis oure this zodiak
c. c1590 J. Stewart 171/7.
Ȝour firm effection … valkith vp my muse that erst vas dull

6. tr.To keep watch over, guard in order to ensure safety, protect from harm or danger, prevent damage, robbery or escape; to keep under constant surveillance as a means of government or control; to observe in order to find out what might occur. Also reflex. Also fig.Freq. with reference to the function of a sentinel or the town watch (Wach(e n. 2 or 3).pres. 1375 Barb. xv 128.
He lewyt nocht To set wachis to the castell, Ilk nycht he gert men walk [C. wach] it wele And Nele Flemyng wachit that nycht With sexty men
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2458.
Full war he [sc. a hound] wes to walk his fauld but weir
1490 Lanark B. Rec. 7.
To the serjandis to walk Jame Andro, xvj d.
1530 Aberd. B. Rec. I 130.
To walk this gude towne … that na … gangerallis cum within the samyn
1542 Reg. Cupar A. II 211.
In fruit time [he] sall walk and keipe the sammyne
1558 Rentale Dunkeld. (SHS) 355.
I causit valk the stepill for feir of Duncane Roy … ilk nycht viij d.
1560 Rolland Seven S. 7678.
The schiref behude that nicht … to walk that hangit cors
1570 Sat. P. xxiii 136.
Except the Lord be watche man of the hald, Quha walkis the same, thair laubour is in vane
1622-6 Bisset II 219/14.
Quha sall walk the sea coistis
1661 Misc. Spald. C. V 232.
To walk the fald … least the guids, for want of attendance, brak the fald
(b) 1451–2 Ayr B. Ct. 8 Feb.
xii men to wak the town ilk nycht & iiii men … to wak the watter of Done
1596 Dalr. II 389/13.
1679 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 339.
I said he should wake the lone … seing it was his dewtie
(c) 1536 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 170.
Oxin to be put … in the … common, and put thaim to ane common hird and to vaik thaim nychtlie thair
(d) 1494 Treas. Acc. I 248.
To waulk the cariour that nycht
(e) a1500 Rauf C. 394.
Tak thy hors … For to watche weill the wayis, I wald that thow went; Gif thow meitis ony leid … Gar thame boun to this burgh
c1475 Wall. v 239.
Schyr Jhone Butler, to wache the furdis rycht, Out fra his men of Wallace had a sicht
a1500 K. Hart 305.
Fayr Calling is grit garitour on hicht, That watchis ay the wallis
1513 Doug. ix iii 199.
Twys sevin Rutilianys … Was chosyn … forto wach the town
1530 Aberd. B. Rec. I 130.
Twa honest, treu, hable men to watche the samyn [sc. the port] … ilkane abilȝeit with jak and knapscall … aix or halbart
1569–70 Edinb. Skinners in Bk. Old Edinb. C. VI 86.
For twa pund of pouder that vas giffyn to vatche the thevis
a1578 Pitsc. I 202/1.
The king … requyrit the said captane to watch and keip the … castle wyslie
a1578 Pitsc. II 103/28.
The gentillmen thair to watch everie tyde wpoun thair landing to debait tham
1591-2 Rob Stene 9.
The foliche flok that had no gaird, Bot doggis to wache thame
1591–2 Edinb. B. Rec. V 57.
The baxters … to watche and gaird thair baikhoussis
1661 Tyninghame Kirk S. in Andrews Bygone Ch. Life 188.
For candle to watch the witch
(f) 1545 Aberd. B. Rec. I 221.
To find fiue personis … to vaiche thair blokhouise, linkis and havin nychtlie
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 226.
Causit nychtlie the quarteris of this toun waitche the wallis thairof
p.t. a1400 Leg. S. ii 355.
His falde Quhare that he wok his fe one nycht
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2374.
He schaippit … And on his feit woke [H. wouke] the dure quhill day
1490 Irland Mir. I 140/30 (see fig. below). 1496 Treas. Acc. I 294.
To the men that wook the pailȝounis
1513 Treas. Acc. IV 515.
1574–5 Haddington Treas. Acc. 1.
(b) 1622 Crim. Trials III 527.
Scho … Sat vp all that nycht and walkit the bairne
1625 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 176.
(c) 1569–70 Edinb. Skinners in Bk. Old Edinb. C. VI 87.
Giffin to thame that vatschit the quheit in Leith
(d) 1590 Mill Mediæv. Plays 200.
To … tua wark men that weitcheit the salt trone tua nychtiis
p.p. 1442 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 6.
That the towne be waket ilk nicht with sex persouns watches
1455 Acts II 44/1 (see (b) below).
1693 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds II 558.
(b) 1375 Barb. xiv 171.
That nycht the Scottis cumpany War wachit [rycht weill] all at rycht
1442 Aberd. B. Rec. MS V ii 663 (5 Sept.).
That this burgh sal be wachit ilke nyght with thretty men
1455 Acts II 44/1.
That … the est passage betuix Roxburghe and Berwik … be waukyt at certane furdis … a baill to be maide be the waukaris of the furdis quhar it may be sene at Hvme … thir sammyn takynnis to be wachyt and maide at Eggerhop castell fra thaj se the fyre of Hvme
1650 Hamilton P. (Camden Soc.) 255.
Evre since I came hether I have bine so narowly wached by the severe Christans that I could not answer your letter before now
c1650 Spalding II 226.
And to that effect the hie wayis watchit on ilk Sonday and who wes found wes … pvnishit
reflex. 1375 Barb. i 520.
Thar is nother duk ne baroun … na prynce na king off mycht Thocht he be neuer sa wys na wycht … That euer may wauch hym with [1571 keip him fra] tresoune. Wes nocht all Troy with tresoun tane?
fig. 1490 Irland Mir. I 140/30.
Thir pastores that wok and kepit thar catale betakynnis the prolotis and princis that suld wach & gouern the pepil
a1568 Bann. MS 52a/82 (see Wa(l)kand pres. p., ppl. adj. b).
1592 St. A. Kirk S. 725.
He desyris … that the elderis wache and attend upon the maneris of the pepill

b. To watch, keep under surveillance for the purpose of doing harm. 1513 Doug. xiii ii 121.
The gredy gled … wachand the chiknys lyte, Thar deth mannasand
a1578 Pitsc. I 226 heading.
Hou Captane Stewin Bull wacht Schir Androw Woodes hame cuming out of Flanderis
c1623 Fountainhall in Law Memor. 157 n.
They with some lawles limmars watch him one day their … wheir … they lay hold upon him bind him [etc.]

7. intr.To keep watch, to stand guard, freq. with reference to the town watch (Wach(e n.3). Also fig.(a) c1400 Troy-bk. ii 1955.
He gaf command That ilk nycht thai suld walkand be
14.. Burgh Laws c. 88 (B) (see Wa(l)kin(g vbl. n.1 5).
c1475 Wall. vii 475.
A wach on thaim he set; Him selff wouk weyll quhill he the fyr saw rys
c1475 Wall. xi 979.
He prayit Wallace in Glaskow mur to walk [: salk]
c1475 Wall. xi 999.
He wouk on fut quhill passyt was myd nycht … Thai bad this cuk that he suld wache hys part
1500 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 85.
Quhat persoun chairget heirto that will nocht waik … sall pay to the baillies viii s.
1509 Selkirk B. Ct. MS 3b (see Wach(e n. 3 c). 1512 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 17.
That thre men waik at ilk end of the towne
1515–16 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 36.
1528 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 96.
1560 Rolland Seven S. 2564.
Vp throw the streit the watches come that walkit
1581 Sempill in Sat. P. xliii 192.
During his dayis … The hirdis … in thair labeis lay Bot thair estait, as now ȝe sie ȝoursell, All nicht to walke, and fane to wirk all day
1622-6 Bisset II 219/18.
Thame that duellis within … castellis and utheris quha man walk therein
(b) 1375 Barb. x 577.
Off thaim that wachys on the wall
14.. Acts I 37/2.
Ane wachman … sal gang til his wache … at the ryngyng of the courfeu and sua gate sal wache … til the dawyng of the daye
a1500 Rauf C. 405.
Vpon … Ȝhule day quhen ilk man suld rest … Him behouit neidlingis to watche on the wald
c1475 Wall. xi 1001 (see (a) above). 1513 Doug. ii vi 69.
Sum cumpanyis with speris … Walkis wachand in rewis
1560 Edinb. B. Rec. III 80.
xviij … men to wache nychtlie within and about the tolbuith
1615 Highland P. III 217.
I wachit at Murthlie all that night bot thay maid no stay thair
1638 Hamilton P. (Camden Soc.) 4.
They dou not only put gard att the gates thereof, bot horses uaches all alongst he rood betwixt Dalketh and itt
a1578 Pitsc. I 281/16.
Bot his freindis advertissit thairof watchit starklie that night
(c) 1517 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 85.
And befor the postrum yett sall nychtly waiche thre personis without
1525 Aberd. B. Rec. I 112.
To haue [blank] personis to waitht … nychtlie and that to be gottin amangis the haill toun, euerie ilk man his nycht about
(d) 1522 Mar & Kellie MSS 11.
20 footmen … sall nightlie weche before the kings chalmer be fours
fig. 1562-3 Winȝet I 6/6.
War ȝe commandit in vaine of God … to walke attentlie … vpon ȝour flok
a1661 Rutherford Lett. (1675) 78.
The leopard and the lion shall whatch over our cities

b. To walk (wach) and ward, to perform the civic duty of wach and ward. (Wach(e n. 3 d.)In the 1565 and 1580 quots. the use of both wachis and walkis may indicate confusion with Walk v.2, similarly in the 1673 quot. wade may be erron. for wake or walk and work in the 1692 quot. is prob. erron. for ward. The usage has clearly become fossilised.(a) 1452–3 Ayr B. Ct. 12 March.
Nowthir man na wif induelland na with out sal haf a skar bot thai that walkis & wardis with the town
1489 (1527–8) Reg. Great S. 120/1.
Outlandis folkis … nor yet walkis nor wardis
1513 Aberd. B. Rec. I 87.
Nyne men … to lot, scot, waik and ward for thame
1530–1 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 110.
Admytit burges sa that he pay scot and lot, varde and vaik, within our fredom
1517 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 172.
Thair is dyuers … persouns … quhilk dwellis nocht within the saymn [sc. burgh], nother yitt nother scotts lotts extents walkis nor wairds
1557 Edinb. B. Rec. III 14.
That na burges sonn within this burgh salbe haldin to pay taxt stent walk or waird
1549 Elgin Rec. I 96.
His curator … to be surety to walk, ward, scott, lott, tax and stent for the said auchtane parts
1570 Inverness Rec. I 188.
To … walk and ward according to the wse and consuetude of burrowis
1580 Conv. Burghs I 99 (see (b) below). 1607 Inverness Rec. II 51.
1611 Inverness Rec. II 81.
1653 Peebles B. Rec. II 13.
James Stevensone … is onlie ane calsay burges untill he find cawtioun to scatt, loit, watche and waird
1692 Conv. Burghs IV 663.
The burgh of Fortrose … have no comon good … to walk and work upon, except the custome of their tuo marcats
(b) 1460 Hay Alex. 1260.
To speir … quhidder in nycht thai wache, warde, or sleip
1565 Aberd. Trades 241.
Quhilkis ar friemen of thair craft and scottis and lottis, wachis, walkis, and wards
1580 Conv. Burghs I 99.
All … personis quhome they have maid fremen … to cum duell … within the burgh quhair they ar frie, hald stob and staik within the samyn, scatt, loitt, watche, walk and waird
1653 Peebles B. Rec. II 13.
James Stevensone … is onlie ane calsay burges untill he find cawtioun to scatt, loit, watche and waird
1673 Sc. N. & Q. XII 169.
I sall scott, lott, watch, wade and ward

c. To walk and (to) ward, to perform the duty of a sentinel, or guard. (Wach(e n. 1 (2).) c1450-2 Howlat 619 (A).
To walk and to ward as watchis in weire
1460 Hay Alex. 1260.
Syne send thai furth thair spyis … Quhaire king Nicolas in osting couth ly, To speir the nummer of thair cheueleris … And quhidder in nycht thai wache, warde, or sleip
1596 Dalr. I 281/26.
The Frenche king, with the Scotis gaird, is ȝit still watchet and wardet conforme to the first institutione

d. transf. To watche and waird, to perform the duties of a guard or custodian more generally. Also const. to do (something). 1611-57 Mure True Crucifixe 837.
A larger net of pennance they extend From which to bee exem'd, they waird, they watch, The rich-ones by indulgences to catch
1630 Urie Baron Ct. 70.
Ewerie cotter … that is hird to his awin guidis in the day tyme sall watche and waird for thame in the fauld

8. Const. adv. clause or infin.: To keep a watch, to be on the lookout for the purpose expressed in the clause or infin.(1) 1375 Barb. xvii 930.
His renoun suld have strekyt fer Bot dede that walkis [C. vachis] ay to mer With all hyr mycht [etc.]
a1400 Leg. S. xxvi 113.
He t[h]ocht to wak & besy be … to se Quha it wes helpyt hyme sa
(b) 1375 Barb. vi 87* (C).
He vald vach thar com to se
1375 Barb. vii 428.
Thai thre men … War his fayis … And wachyt him sa bysyly To se quhen thai wengeance mycht tak
1513 Doug. iv v 25.
Fame is myscheif … Al day scho syttis, wachand byssely, Apon the top of nobillis howsis, to spy
a1568 Bann. MS I p. 20/72.
Frome the deuill our saulis defend Quha wechis evir the same to sla
(2) 1492 Myll Spect. 290/26.
The schiref behuffit allan to walk in the fyrst nycht that he ware nocht stollyn of the gallows
(b) 1375 Barb. vi 62.
Her may ȝe … rest ȝow … I will ga wach [C. vach] all preuely. Giff ik her oucht off thar cummyng & giff I may her ony thing I sall ger warn ȝow
15.. Dum Wyf 50.
Quhill scho was fallin on sleip Ay warlie watchit he
1561 St. A. Kirk S. 86.
Lurkand and watchand quhill he maye se ane other tym
a1578 Pitsc. I 332/19.
The king had watchis on thame, that is to say, schipis on the sie and gentillmen on the land ewer watchand that no furnisching sould come to the said castell
1518 Acta Conc. MS XXXII 75a.
To waich and ward gif ony of the saidis rebellis cummys in

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