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TITULAR, n. Sc. Law usage: a layman to whom the Crown transferred the title to church lands after the Reformation in 1560, and more specif. to the tithes of church benefices, and hence, more fully, called the titular of the teinds. See Erection, Teind, n.1, 2.Sc. 1705 W. Forbes Church-lands 365:
Since the Reformation and Suppression of Monastries the Tithes of other mens Lands, which once belonged to them, are now partly payable to Titulars of Erection, or to their Tacksmen.
Sc. 1728 R. Wodrow Analecta (M.C.) IV. 21:
The Colledge of Glasgou as titular of the teans.
Ork. 1757 Session Papers, Galloway v. Morton (12 Nov.) 272:
Mr. Walter Steuart Minister at Southronaldsay, Titular, and having Right to the Teind-sheaves of the outbreck Lands in Southronaldsay.
e.Lth. 1794 G. Buchan-Hepburn Agric. E. Lth. 112:
The Parliament of Scotland compelled the lay titulars to sell their tithes at nine, and in some cases at six years purchase to the proprietors of the lands.
Sc. 1828 Scott Tales of a Grandfather xli.:
Those nobles and gentry who held such gifts were called titulars of tithes, answering to the English phrase of impropriators.
Sc. 1838 W. Bell Dict. Law Scot. 983:
Teinds which have been erected and are yet in the hands of the lay titular.
Sc. 1886 A. Edgar Old Church Life 2:
The teinds were either seized by rapacious potentates or gifted by the Crown to favourites who, under the designation of Titulars, held them on the condition of paying to the clergy a sufficient stipend.
Sc. 1928 A. Birnie Hist. of Teinds 40:
The Act of 1617 authorised the appointment of a commission with powers to call before it all patrons of benefices and titulars of teinds.

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