A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
1. Disproved. a. Of legal deeds, etc.: Proved to be forged. b. In general use, Refuted.
a. To heir and se the register in that part … improvin as forgit and fenyet; 1596 Waus Corr. 526.
The direct maner of improbation, be the witnes insert in the wreit quhilk is taken to be improven; Skene Reg. Maj. ii. 122.
In all caces except where the writtis so registrated ar offered to be improvin; 1617 Acts IV. 546/1.
The samen bonds being undertaken to be improven by Lambertoun's son and relick; 1661 Decis. Lords G. 4.
lf they [sc. the witnesses] deny that to be their hand writ … the writ will be improven; Stair Inst. iv. xx. § 23.
b. The pernicious heresie of the Nestorianis … vas improuin be S. Cyrill; Hamilton Cath. Tr. 57.
That it [a falsehood] might neuer be gotten improven; Scot Staggering State (1754) 43.
2. (Also ppl. a.) Of persons: Convicted of preparing or presenting fraudulent or spurious writs or warrants; discredited in this way.
Swa that the notaris geuaris thairof be loyall not improuin nor defamit befoir the geuing of sic sesingis; 1563 Acts II. 542/2.
Anentis falsieris, produceris … of fals writtis … , beand challanged or improvin, … salbe punised as falsed; Bisset I. 218/21.
Anent improvin messingeris executand thereftir; Ib. 234/4.
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