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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).
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Wapynschaw, Wap(p)inschaw(e, n. Also: wapen-, wapo(u)n(e-, vapin-, weapon- and -s(c)haw(e, -shew, -show. [Shortened f. Wapynschawin(g n.] = Wapynschawin(g n. Also comb.(a) 1503–4 Acts II 243/2.
That all Scotland mak ȝeirly thar wapinschawis apone Thurisday in Witsonday wolk & that ilk officiar as scheref balȝe or stewart or others see that this act & statute be kepit
1503–4 Acts II 251/2.
1512 Edinb. Hammermen 74.
To Cuddy the last wappinschaw quhen he playit of the draucht trumpet xij d.
1522 Aberd. B. Rec. I 99.
It was statut and ordanit … that quhome it salhappin to be absent fra thair next wapinschawe … sal pay xl s. vnforgevin
1537–8 Aberd. B. Rec. I 155.
Wapyn schawis
1596–7 Misc. Spald. C. V 64.
Gevin the day of the wapinschaw for ane eftirnunes lawing to the bailleis and ȝouth of the toun that schot pulder that day, 7 lib.
1627 Banff Ann. I 56.
The waponeschaw appoyntit be His Majestie
1626 Misc. Spald. C. V 223.
Quhatsoeuer husbandman beis fund absent from ony vapinschaw, he sal pay fourtie schillingis
1635 Dumbarton B. Rec. 46.
The proveist, baillies, and counsall convenit hes statute and ordanit that thair be ae wapounschaw of this burgh and territorie … and ordaine ae ansenye to be coft and maid … conform to the act maid the 22 of June 1627
16… Sempill P. 46/45.
He cou'd fu' well At wapenshaws the younkers dreill, And bra'ly lead
(b) 1630-1651 Gordon Geneal. Hist. 327.
All meetings, conventions weapon shews and hoisting
a1646 Wedderburn Voc. (1709) 15.
Armilustrium, the weapon-shaw
1666-74 Fraser Polichron. 289.
There is nothing heard now up and down the kingdom but alarms and rumores, randevouzes of clans, every chiften mustering his men, calld weaponshowes
comb. 1627 Banff Ann. I 56.
The xxiij of this instant … is the principall waponeschawe day

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