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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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INFEFT, v. Sc. form of Eng. enfeoff. Gen. in pa.p. infeft, rarely infefted. Also enfeft (Sh.). [ɪn′fɛft]

1. Sc. Law: to invest with legal possession of heritable property. See Infeftment. Also fig. Followed by in of the property.Mry. 1722 Sc. N. & Q. (Nov. 1931) 202:
The said Mr Alexr. did dispone the sd lands to Mart. Hamilton my mother in lyferent and me in fee and we both were accordinglie infeft and the dispositione reg[ist]rate and the sasine both at Edinburgh.
Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 168:
Lang may she happily possess Wha's in his Breast infeft.
Abd. 1746 W. Forbes Dominie Deposed (1777) 46:
But when I found myself infeft In a young Jack.
Abd. 1793 Session Papers, Leslie v. Fraser (29 March 1805) 8:
Where the pursuer stands duly infeft and seised, as heritable proprietor.
Sc. 1823 Lockhart Reg. Dalton III. 268:
The braid lands are her ain as sure as if she had been nine times infeft in every square inch o' them.
Sc. 1828 P. Buchan Ballads I. 84:
Ye'll infeft my son, this day, In third part o' your land.
Wgt. 1877 G. Fraser Sketches 10:
The said Burgh has been more freely infefted by our Predecessors.
Sc. 1904 A. M. Anderson Crim. Law 277:
Every man between the ages of twenty-one and sixty years may be called upon to serve as a juror, provided he is infeft in his own right, or in right of his wife, in heritage, fee, or liferent, to the yearly value of £5 at least.

2. By extension in pa.p.: “bespoken, bargained for before-hand” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.); involved (Sh.12 1950). Cf. Feft.

[O.Sc. infeft, id. from 1456, Mid.Eng. enfeff, O.Fr. enfieffer, to vest with a fee or fief, landed property held under the crown; the Sc. form is that of the pa.p. which has been transferred to the pres.t.]

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