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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Chet(e, Cheit(t, n. [ME. chete (late 14th c.), reduced form of Eschete.] An escheat. Also without article. 1431 Ayr & W. Coll. I. 228.
That na gyld breder sal for a tholmont sell na fres hydis … wnder the pan of xl d. and the hydis chet alsa
1440 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. I. 10.
The forsaid landis with the pertinentis … with court and plaint and chet of court
1456 Hay I. 235/10.
Thare metis thame a Franche capitane, quhilk … haldis the gudis as a chet
1462 Peebles B. Rec. 146.
Thai haf statut … that na mydyngis ly on the calsay langar than viij days, vnder the payn of chet to the calsay dychtaris
1488 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 428.
In rasing of malis, cheitis, wnlawis, and merchetis, with al wther profictis [etc.]
c1420 Wynt. vii. 2269 (W).
All he maid till him as chete [C. eschete] As it had fallin till him forfeit
1505 Rec. Earld. Orkney 204.
All his landis and gudis dempt cheit till ws in the kingis name
1544 Corr. M. Lorraine 86.
Olifeir Synclar wranguslie hes intromittit, … with my … landis in Orknay and small chetis
1596 Dalr. I. 171/1.
Mony menis gudis and geir he maid cheitt off, and turned vnto his awne propre vsse

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