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Said, Sayd, ppl. adj. Also: saide, sayde, sayid; sad(e; seid, seyd; sead; scaid. Pl. also saiddis, sayddis, seds. [ME and e.m.E. said (Cursor M.), seide (1435), sayd (1457–8), sayed (1548–9), pl. seides (1448), north. saidis (1527); p.p. of Say v.1 Cf. For(e)said adj. and n.]

1. The aforesaid; the previously mentioned. Also (once) without def. art., and also this and thir said.(1) sing. 1405 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III 200.
And forthir … the saide erl … sal [etc.]
1418 Melville Chart. 19.
The said Jhon … gafe … the said land to Jhon Dauidson
1482 Fam. Rose 147.
Margret his saide dochter
1498 Armstrong Hist. Liddesdale I 173.
To the said our cousing Lord Dacre
1513 Doug. ii vi 90.
Hys sayd spowsis command
1562–3 Rec. Earld. Orkney 113.
Quhilk [persons] war josyne be the sayid Wilhelme
1616 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. II 9. 1649 St. A. Baxter Bks. 119.
Saying … to the said William Lewingstone, ȝe ar bot a kneaw
1669 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. III 26.(b) a1400 Leg. S. xi 16.
The sad king Agabarus
1435 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV 189.
The sun and the ayr of the sad Schir Robert
1472 Reg. Cupar A. I 164.
The sade John Sperk
1493 Liber Aberbr. II 279.
To pertene to the sad wicar
1496 Acta Conc. II 12.
Pertenyng to the sade Lyon [King of Arms]
1499–1500 Ib. 389. 1515 Fam. Rose 186.
1577 Stewart Mem. 106.
The sad Isobellis barnis pairt of … geir
(c) 1501 Moncreiffs 58.
pl. 1424 Grey Friars II 167.
And thir sayd men gayt thaim a clerk
(2) sing. 1407 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 65.
Of the saide towne and kyrc
c1450-2 Howlat 625 (A).
Tharfor of the said tre I tell nocht the teynd
1591–2 Edinb. B. Rec. V 58.
The benefeit of the continewing of the customes … the said yeir
1617 Conv. Burghs III 47.
The beting and vphalding of the said work
1620 Aberd. Council Lett. I 185.
The said toun of Turreff
1643 Old Ross-shire I 85.
Hoping you will keipe the said dyett
1664 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 212.
In the said schooll
(b) 1435 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV 189.
Annexit to the sad lordschep
1482 Acta Aud. 108/1.
The sade Johne sal … pay … the sade sovme of Ic markis
1496–7 Acta Conc. II 55.
That the sade Schir Wilȝeam … sal broike [pr. broise] and joise the sade tak
1497–8 Ib. 152. 1533 Douglas Corr. 141.
That I sal kep the sad hows frome awl dengars
1557 Prot. Bk. J. Robeson 179b.
& admittit within the sad burcht
(c) c1400 Troy-bk. ii 934 (C).
The seyd ryches
Ib. 1213.
1587 Cal. Sc. P. IX 475.
The seid pane of deid sall be execut upoun thame
(d) 1763 Berw. Nat. C. XXXI 125.
By the diken of the sead tread
pl. 1386 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 10.
The saide four hundreth mark
1398 Liber Melros 489.
In cas … comoun were … be betwix the said kyngrikis
c1400 Troy-bk. ii 461 (C).
c1405 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 59.
Qwhar ȝhe say in yhour sayde lettres that [etc.]
1496 Acta Conc. II 15.
That he was … payit of the tother half of the sade lxxxiij li.
1504 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 145.
The sad fourty Inglis grotis
1514 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 151.
To … big vp the said heid dykes
1697 Dumfr. & Galloway Soc. 3 Ser. XXXVI 48.
The respective schoolmaisters of the sead parashes
(3) 1406 Lennox Mun. 61.
I, said Arthore, the hali evangell touchsit

b. With inflected plural, in pl. (or collective), also, rarely (? erron.) sing. concord or reference.attrib. (1) 1397 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 34.
To the saydys contas & Jorge hir son
1402 Dundee Chart. No. 22.
The saidez parties [etc.]
1418 Liber Melros 502.
Fra the saydez abbot and conuent
1476 Acta Aud. 43/2.
Of the saidis landis
1480 Aberd. B. Rec. I 411.
1493 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II 212.
That the saydis Alexander and Schyr Alexander sal compeir befor thir saydis assysouris or the mayr part of thame
1520 Thanes of Cawdor 138.
For the keppyn of the sayddis poyntis and bandis
1551 Reg. Cupar A. II 68.
The saidys landis
1558 Treas. Acc. X 425.
For ane barrell … to put the saidis nalis in
c1550-c1580 Art of Music 11.
1575 Orkney Oppress. 3.
Gift of the saids countreis
1613 Conv. Burghs II 409.
At the ischew of the saids years
1656 Marischal Coll. Rec. 215.
For the vse and behowe of the saidis ten scholleris
1667 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 235.
The saids provest, dean of gild, and thesaurer … giue and grants to the said livetennent … full libertie [etc.]
1670 Acts VIII 49/1.
All & haill the saids lands
1681 Edinb. B. Rec. XI 8.
[To] take doune the midwall betwixt the saids two courts
1685 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III 112.
Each of the saids faires
(b) 1500 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 302.
The fee of the sadis berne and yarde
1501–2 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 642.
Betuix the sadis partis
1511 Treas. Acc. IV 319.
Beand in the lordis service at the sadis aeris
(c) 1664 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Reg. H.) 22 June.
And all the seds geir
(2) 1571 Acts III 61/1.
That the saidis conspiratouris … ischit furth of the saidis castell
1674 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds II 185.
From the dykfit of the saids croft
absol. 1492–3 Acta Conc. I 268/1.
And to ansuer quhy he wald nocht restore the saidis according to the lettrez gevin therapoun
1524 Dumbarton B. Rec. App. ii 4.
The said Johne Robisone balȝe answert thai wald schaw na uther euidentis to the sadis at that tyme
1596 Dalr. II 130/13.
Lettres … against the Spaynerds of Portugal, for the gudes reft vniustlie be the saidis of Portugal

2. Spoken, uttered, recited; spoken rather than sung. 1473 Liber Coll. Glasg. 186.
The forsaide mes salbe changit fra a saide mes till a songyn mes witht noyt
a1500 Colk. Sow ii 167.
Scho said my sone be this said taill thow sall Lerne fyve wittis

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