A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Schuting, S(c)huit(t)ing, S(c)hutting, S(c)hoting, vbl. n.1 Also: schwt-, schiwt-; s(c)hout(t)-, showt-; s(c)hott-; s(c)hoit(t)-; schoot(t)-, shoot-; schit(t)-; schet-; scut-, scuitt- and -inge, -yng(e, -e(i)ng, -in, -eine. [ME and e.m.E. scheotunge (Ancr. R.), schoting (a1352), shetyng (Lydgate), shutynge (1549), showttyng (1572), shooting (1579); S(c)hute v.]
1. The action of shooting with a bow or firearm. a. The action of discharging a missile (at a person, animal or place) from a bow or firearm. Cf. S(c)hute v. 21–23.
(1) Thare wes ofttymes bikkering Quhare thare wes fell and neire schuting [C. -ynge, R. schotyng]; Wynt. viii 5292 (W).
The wearing bering and schwting with culveringis daggis and fyre werkis is not left of and forborne; 1574 Acts III 84/2.
The south quarter of the toure … fell throw the vehement and continuall schuting; Diurn. Occurr. 332.
(b) He was slane at Roxburgh with a gwn that brak in the schutting; Asl. MS I 269/23.
And scharpe schutting gart mony cowart quaik; Stewart 5727.
The bowmen … of thair schutting lute the Romanis feill; Ib. 11925.
He ordanit … That na hunt beist with schutting sould be slane; Ib. 14949.
The weiring beiring or schutting with culveringis daggis and fyre warkis is not lost and forborne; 1573 Digest Justiciary Proc. I 43.
Ane peace of ane misframit gune that brak in the schutting; Pitsc. I 143/15.
[They] layed ane seige to the castell with schot at it … with cannonis bot thay war nevir ane hairbred the better … of thair schutting; Ib. II 24/2.
Unles throw hir schutting or conbatting sche streik saillis; Bisset II 237/19.
(c) At euerie port a spald of thé to hing, As tratouris sould, for schuitting vnder trest; 1570 Sat. P. xxiv 48.
This parleament lykwyse discharges al man the futball … that the cuntrimen in schuiteng with the handbow mycht be the mair expert; Dalr. II 90/1.
(d) Debursements … on account of the Field Pieces … for small whyte iron pype made use of in quick shouting; 1700 Moncreiffs 370.
(e) The nobilitie … held thame furth of sicht becaus of the schootting of the castell; Pitsc. II 296/29.
Ther is ane gret abuse in hunting shooting and delving in uther mens lynks and holmis contraire to the acts of parliament; 1623 Orkney & Shetl. Ct. Bk. in
Misc. Maitl. C. II 196.
That there be no shooting nor any displaying of ensigns, nor beating of drums during the cavelcade; 1681 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. VII 167.
(f) Shotting; 1595 Cal. Sc. P. XII 19.
(g) Into this nixt cheptour ȝe may espy Nyse craft of schotyng and of archery; Doug. v ix heading.
Whear as we have taken order thorowgh our realme for restraynte of shotynge with gunnes; 1565 Reg. Morton I 14.
For wearing of gunes and schoitting tharwith; 1612 Aberd. B. Rec. II 309.
The Duke of Albany and York … was proclaimed king … with great solemnity, all the citizens being in arms … and the castle shoting; 1684 Laing MSS 427.
(2) [For] bering and wering pistolettis, lettin and schuttin therewith at George Auchinleck; 1582 Jurid. Rev. IV 109.
Convict … for schuitting at deir or rae; 1620 Grant Chart. 320.
Mr. James Mitchell was upon the pannell at the criminall court for shutting at the Archbischop of St. Androis; 1678 Lauder Notices Affairs I 182.
b. The firing of a gun; the discharging of (in) a bow. Also with omission of of.
(1) Gif thai haif na craft in the schuting of thame [sc. guns] [etc.]; 1456 Acts II 45/2.
Throuch reakles schuttyng of one gret cannoun; Lynd. Test. Pap. 439.
With trestis to be at all tymes reddy for schoting of the saidis hagbutis; 1535 Acts II 345/2.
Throw schuting of ane culvering quhilk fyrit of the self; 1542 Reg. Privy S. II 734/2.
The tressonable … schutting and emissioun of gunnis furth of the palace of Lynlythqw … at the propir persoun of vmquhile our maist serene fader; 1543 Acts II 434/2.
That certane gunneris … be hyrit for handling graithing and shutting of the townyis monitioun; 1558 Edinb. B. Rec. III 20.
[To underlie the law] for beiring and schutting of pistolettis; 1575 Reg. Privy S.
VII 24/2. The brokin men of the hielandis … slew waistit and distroyit be schuting of culveringis hagbuttis bowis and vther wyse the deir of our forrest; 1578 Glenartney Doc.
Exceptand the bering, wering and schuitting of pistolettis, quhilk is cuttit away; 1580 Crim. Trials I ii 91.
Shuiting; 1586 Jurid. Rev. IV 300.
In schuiting of ane pistulet … at the said Cristian Hammiltoune, and schuting of hir throw the courschet thairwith; 1602 Crim. Trials II 392.
The toune rais in armes with schutting of muskettis, casting of fyir workes [etc.]; Birrel Diary 50.
Schuteing; 1605 Crim. Trials II 461.
Schiwting; 1626 Peebles B. Rec. I 414.
Shoiting; 1645–6 Dumfries Treas. Acc. MS p. 20.
That day ther was ioy in London, … with shoutting of canons, ringing of bells [etc.]; Balfour Ann. II 98.
Shutting; 1701 Orkney Rentals App. 71.
— Carle King of France 5 … calit thame fra schuiting in bowis, the kingis archeris, quhilkes tha vset baith in peace and weir; Dalr. II 36/14.
(2) To ane poore Inglis sojour, for schoiting tua peice of the tounes ordinance; 1627–8 Misc. Spald. C. V 145.
1638 Spalding I 91 n.
c. The discharging of a volley.
The compt of the gunneres … for prepairing the ordinance and scuitting of the woleis; 1633 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 386.
d. The killing or wounding of a person or animal with such a missile.
Dilatit of the schutting and slauchter of deir and ra in Meggitland; 1576 Crim. Trials I ii 48.
Be … slaying hoching stikking and shutting of thair cattell; 1585 Acts III 422/1.
Quyntene … submittet himself in the towns will for schoting with ane hakbut ane of the swannis in the North loch; 1589 Edinb. B. Rec. V 10.
The grit … dampnage done to thair nychtbouris of the toun haifand doucattis … throuch schuting and slaying of the dowis be sindrie men of the toun; 1589 Glasgow B. Rec. I 143.
The … slauchter of vmquhile Andro Lyndsay … be schuiting of him throw the body with ane pistolett; 1611 Crim. Trials III 115.
Schoiteing; 1612 Ib. 236.
The devill desyred her to tak the lyfe of John Glas proveists dun horse by shooting him; 1662 Highland P. III 23.
e. The action of shooting at a mark or target, as practice or sport, an instance of this; also, a shooting contest.
With quot. 1590 cf. S(c)hute v. 22 e (5) (= to compete for in a shooting contest).
Also appar. as a place-name element.
(1) At the bowe markis be maide at ilk paroch kirk a pair of buttis and schuting be vsyt ilk Sunday … and that ilk man within that parochin that is within fyfte and passit xij ȝeris sall vse schuting; 1457 Acts II 48/2.
That … for … defence of the realme be hantit bowis schvting and markis tharfore ordinit; 1491 Ib. 226/2.
To the king quhilk he tynt on schuting with the corsbow with William Douglas, xxviij s.; 1506–7 Treas. Acc. III 374.
To the king whilk he tynt on schuting with the culveryn in Schir George Newtonis ȝard, vij Franch crounis; 1507–8 Ib. IV 98.
Young and able men to get culwerings, cors bowis, and hand bowis, and ws schitting witht the samyn; 1525 Aberd. B. Rec. I 112.
iiij dosane of arrowis deliverit to the kingis grace for his aune schuting; 1532 Treas. Acc. VI 95.
Lettres for proclammatioun making within all schyris for to use schuting with crocebow, handbow and culvering, etc.; 1538 Ib. 391.
[Reserving to the council] all … possessioun … of the saidis linkis … in … playing at golf, futball, schuting, at all gamis; 1552 St. A. Links 2.
Few honour wynnis In to that innys For schuting at the schellis; Balnaves Maitl. F. 357/58.
All … waillit men for all kynd of games and pastymes as schotting, lepping ryding and warsling; Pitsc. I 340/5.
The quhilk day the first Sounday of May is appointit yeirlie for schuitting at the siluer gwn; 1590 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I 255.
This maner of way thay vset to bring vp thair bairnes. First to exercise thame in schoteng arrowis, neist in casteng dartes, thaireftir in feiding horses, and prouoiking thame to rinn; Dalr. I 92/14.
(2) Quhilk he tynt efter none in Schir George Newtonis ȝard at the schuting xxviij s.; 1507–8 Treas. Acc. IV 99.
Tint be the king at the schuting at the schort buttis and syne at the lang buttis … ij Franch crounis; 1511–12 Ib. 327.
(3) On the morne a grit schoting thay did cry Quhair Flanislie our all wan victory; Colk. Sow ii 103.
(4) De firmis terrarum dictarum le Schetingacres; 1456 Exch. R. VI 211.
Terrarum que dicuntur Schitingacris … infra dictum vicecomitatum de Elgyn; 1458 Ib. 470.
f. attrib. and comb. Montg. quot. in (1) may belong in (2).
(1) Tua schuitting bowis … sex pundis; 1621 Edinb. Test. LI 56b.
Ane schutting bow, price thairof xii lib.; 1622 Black Bk. Taymouth 374.
Ane shouttin bow with ane bag of arrous; 1626 Brechin Test. IV 237b.
— Certane schuting gwnis; 1634 Edinb. Test. LVI 253b.
Ane shutting peice with snap work; 1646 Ib. LXI 276b.
— 26 s. 8 d. of certain schouting pulder; 1582 Exch. R. XXI 208.
Or quhat gif I suld lend thee heir My bowe and all my schuitting [L. schuting, Wr. shooting] geir? Montg. Ch. & Slae 131 (W).
The gayleis shuiting al kynd of shuitting bulletis; Dalr. II 295/13.
Schooting arrowes the groce xxiiii li.; 1612 Bk. Rates (Halyb.) 288.
— For mending of the schoiting buitis; 1625–6 Peebles B. Rec. I 414.
For mending the shotting butts; 1662–3 Ib. II 204.
(2) To be the kingis grace ane schoting doublet xj quarteris blak velvet; 1541 Treas. Acc. VII 441.
xxiiij s. for thre elnis plading for bondathe and iij s. iij d. for a schuitting stand; 1611 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II 86.
— Tua schuting gluffis to the king; 1504 Treas. Acc. II 449.
To Johne the Mar, skynner for … three schuting gluffis; 1511–12 Ib. IV 200.
To Johne of Mar, skynner, for … thre shoting gluvis vj s.; 1512 Ib. 373.
Ane schuting gluif sewit with silk; 1542 Acts & Decr. I 141.
Ane schotinge glufe; 1553 Treas. Acc. X 194.
Tua schutting gluifis at iiij s. the pair; 1595 Edinb. Test. XXVIII 195b.
Ane dosan of arrowis iij li., ane schutting gluif … iij li. x s.; 1600 Treas. Acc. MS 106b.
Schuiteine; 1615 Edinb. Test. XLVIII 215.
Ane schutting brais gluiff; 1615 Reg. Privy S. MS 21 Nov.
Fiftein schuitting gloues with ten braceis; 1621 Edinb. Test. LI 76b.
Sum small graithe as bairnes schuitting gloves and menis schuitting gloves; 1627 Ib. LIV 117.
Ane dossane of schutting gloves estimat all to xlviij s.; 1643 Ib. LX 234b.
3. The act of placing in position, or casting, (a fishing net). Cf. S(c)hute v. 10 b.
[Full right to the salmon fishing of the water of Helmysdale] … in schutting of the nettis and drawing to land of the samyn with the fischis tharin; c1516 Sutherland Chart. in
Orig. Par. II ii 739.
Gef Donald Mcillechoan reall possession of the half cobyll salmon fysching … be deliuering to hym cobyll and net and be schutting in the said watter with the same; 1566 Prot. Bk. W. Cumming 69.
4. The action of pushing or thrusting (a person) (in a specified direction or into a specified place). Cf. S(c)hute v. 8. b. fig. ? Putting (oneself) forward, forwarding one's own interests.
In invadyng of him and stryking of him with ane quhinger and schutyng him on the wallis; 1573–4 Glasgow B. Rec. I 2.
For trublance done be hir to Jonet … in schutyng of hir violentlie upone the watterside; 1574 Ib. (MC) 6.
For trublans done … in schutyng of hir doun in hir awin fyre; 1575 Ib. (BRS) I 43.
For trublans done be him to Jonet Lang … in scuting of hir wiolentlie our ane bray to the erd; 1576–7 Ib. (MC) 64.
James Symson … [is] convictit … for schuting of Meig Thomson … in the sey; 1603 Dysart Gleanings 49.
The great wrang done be Robert Gib in schuitteing … and dumpelling him; 1623 Linlithgow B. Rec. 14 Feb.
To have trublit other in schutting & sqouring other … on the gait; 1625 Dunferm. B. Rec. II 147.
William Walker, lax fisher, wes convict … for shooteing his said maister in the watter; 1641 Aberd. B. Rec. III 267.
Eupham Pringill … grantes schooting over of Jonet Dickisone and dunsching hir upon the neck; 1653 Peebles B. Rec. II 10.
[David] did soe grosslie abuse the said Margaret with stroaks and shooting till she was bled in her legs; 1669 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 37.
Throw the said John his shooting of Issobell Douglas … to the wall; 1676 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. MS 10 June.
b. Smart in my schuitting & singular in my science; 1571 Sempill Sat. P. xxviii 63.
5. The postponement (of an appointment). Cf. S(c)hute v. 26.
The caus of the schuitting of the said tryist was becaus of my lord regentes grace cuming in the cuntrie and … we desyrit ȝour majestie to appoynt ane new tryist; 1576 Reg. Morton I 82.
6. The action of forcing (a lock), in sense 14 b of S(c)hute v.
The assyse finds Cristiane Strang to be ane actuall pyking theiff in shutting of lockis … & stealing of … meal; 1623 Dunferm. B. Rec. II 143.
In breaking of hinges and shooting of locks and other things to accomplish the many villanies peckries and others done by him; 1680 Argyll Justic. Rec. 118.
7. Allusively, with ref. to elf-shooting Elf n. 2. See S(c)hute v. 25 c.
Thow (and) Cristane Malcomsoune being present in the said chalmer att the schotting of the said pictur; 1590 Crim. Trials I ii 199.
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