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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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VICARAGE, n. Also viccarage, viccariage. Sc. usage: the lesser Teinds or tithes (of hay, garden stuff, young animals and other produce except corn) reserved for the vicar or resident priest of a parish, which was in the endowment of a cathedral or monastery. Unlike Parsonage or greater teind, it was exacted only by custom. See Teind, I. 2. (51). Also attrib. in vicarage teind, -stipend, etc.Sc. 1705 W. Forbes Church-Lands 291:
Vicarage, or the small Tithe which belongs to the Vicar, came in by no positive Law, but only by Custom.
Abd. 1713 Fintray Ct. Bk. (S.C.) 23:
The hail tenants shall pay their vicarage with term of Law.
Gsw. 1724 Records Trades Ho. (Lumsden 1934) 100:
Also impower the Deacon Conveener and Collector to take from the Colledge att as easy a rate as they can a tack of the Vicarage teinds of the saids lands for nineteen years and to call to their assistance the forenameds persons or any of them.
Sc. 1731 Caldwell Papers (M.C.) I. 305:
The said William Mure to warrand the said tack frae all teinds parsonage or viccarage.
Sc. 1765 Caled. Mercury (16 Feb.) 80:
The lands of Beltrodie pay 50 bolls of wheat, . . . with 8s. 10d. ⅔ds sterl. of vicarage to the Minister.
Abd. 1794 Hatton Estate MSS.:
Thirty head of sheep free of payment or Viccarriage.
Sc. 1818 Scott H. Midlothian viii.:
What have I been paying stipend and teind, parsonage and vicarage for?
Sc. 1867 J. Campbell Balmerino 170:
He was also minister of Logie and drew its vicarage stipend.
Sc. 1930 A. A. Cormack Teinds 24:
The Abbot or Bishop appointed the vicar, gave him frequently the smaller teinds, which were called the Vicarage Teinds, whilst he retained for the Abbey or Cathedral the larger teinds of the grain crops, which were called the Parsonage Teinds.
Sc. 1933 Session Cases 617:
Vicarage teinds are only payable where local custom has so dictated.

[O.Sc. vicarage, id., 1478, vicarage teynde, 1610.]

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