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Soutar, -er, n. Also: soutor, sowtar(e, -er, soutter, sowttar, -er, sutar(e, -er, -or(e, swter, -ur, suttar, -er, swtter. [ME and e.m.E. sutare (Ancr. R.), sutter (1379), souter (Trevisa), sowter (1386), suter (1478), OE sútere, L. sūtor shoemaker. Cf. ON sútari.] A shoemaker or cobbler. Also proverb. In use as a surname from the early 13th c. See Black Surnames, s.v. Souter. (a) In Ingland than … wes left na man For … all war in Frawns Bot sowteris, skynneris or marchawns; Wynt. viii 6162.
It is to wyt that na soutar … aw to by ony hydis of mare prise to bark bot tha that has the eyris and the hornis of a lenth; Acts I 39/2.
Til a sowtar that sewyt halk hwdis to the King; 1491 Treas. Acc. I 182.
Barbouris sowtaris writtaris & talȝeouris … ar na worth for battell; Loutfut MS 129a.
To the sowtare, for binding of the pailȝounis; 1496 Treas. Acc. I 288.
In till ane glen thow hes … With thé ane sowtaris wyfe; Dunb. Flyt. 155.
Sowtaris, with schone weill maid and meit Ȝe mend the faltis of illmaid feit; Dunb. (STS) xxviii 13.
Syn till ane turnament fast thai hyit … Betuix ane tailȝour and ane sowter; Dunb. (OUP) 154/124 (M).
Latt nevir the soutteris have my skin, With uglie gumes to be gnawin; Dunb. (STS) lxi 57.
Sowttar; Dunb. (STS) xxxiv 31.
Lynd. Sat. 1310.
The toun soutar in breif was boudin; Christis Kirk 171 (M).
[Sum ar] smythes, and sum ar wod sowteris; Rolland Ct. Venus Prol. 149.
Ane syre in the Cowgait aboun the soutaris choppis; 1554–5 Edinb. Old Acc. II 41.
Baillies of hir appoyntment … sum of thame sua meitt for thair office … as ane sowtar is to saill ane schip in ane stormy day; Knox I 431.
The soutar is the grett prechour: the gray freir moks the shone; 1571 Sat. P. xxix 13.
Creishie soutter, shoo clooter, minche moutter; Polwart Flyt. 747 (H).
Some sawsie souter shall censure aboue the shoo; Craig ii 10.
Geordie Scott the soutor; 1616 Crim. Trials III 389.
It became a jest in the city, that the souters could obtain more at the ministers hand, than the king; 1649 Fair Warning to Take Heed of the Scottish Discipline 17.
Soutter; 1699 Foulis Acc. Bk. 266.
(b) Johnson, Patrick (sutor); 1457–8 Misc. New Spald. C. I 16.
Gevin to Hude sutore at the Queynis command; 1473 Treas. Acc. I 30.
The French sutare; Bann. Memor. 220.
It is not lesum to ane sutar to be ane tanner or barker; Balfour Pract. 74.
The sutor may meddle with the tailyeour's doublet, the tailyeour with the shaiping of his shoe; 1610 Calderwood VII 89.
To a suter for threid and sowing thame [sc. the smiths' bellows]; 1617 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 64.
Each calling [sc. in Poitiers] hes its … festivall day: as the taylors theirs, the sutors theirs [etc.]; 1665–7 Lauder Jrnl. 52.
He offered him to prove that he used him no otherways than the other sutors in the neighbourhood use their prentices; 1671 M. P. Brown Suppl. Decis. II 520.
(c) The quhilk day Johne Anderson sutter maid burges; 1540 Linlithgow B. Ct. 10 Nov.
After that we haue slayne redd deir, we flaye of the skyne … and settinge of our bair foote on the insyde thereof, for neide of cunnyge shoemakers … we play the swtters, compasinge and mesuringe so moche … as shall retche vp to our ancklers [etc.]; 1542 Coll. Rebus Alban. 29.
proverb. The sowters wife is worst shod; Ferg. Prov. No. 790.
Burgess bedtyme is sutoris suppertyme; Ferg. Prov. MS No. 299.
D[evill] made sutars schipmen could neither steir nor row; Carmichael Prov. No. 437.

b. attrib., possess. and comb. Also as a place-name element. attrib. Ane pynt … off fowll sowttar blek; Stewart in Bann. MS 139b/12.
vj soutter knyves worth x s.; 1695 Edinb. Test. LXXX 138.
possess. Bothwell was … waschit with sowteris bleking and sa mair cumly prepairit to ga a wowing to wed the quene; Buch. Detect. (1727) 32.
comb. (1) To the sowtar lutar, be the Kingis command; 1503 Treas. Acc. II 411.
Giffin to thir menstrales undirwritin … Robert Rudman, Graysteilj callit sowtar lutar [etc.]; 1505 Treas. Acc. III 132.
In that towne … wherein there is … but few inhabitants, such as suttarmen, husbandmen and wyvers; 1692 Conv. Burghs IV 663.
(2) Ad murum qui dicitur swtercrophtdyk; a1325 Liber Calchou 362.
De quodam tenemento in Sutergate [in Berwick]; 1337 Rot. Sc. 491/2.
Iacens in vico qui dicitur Soutergate; 13… Reg. Dunferm. 259.
1510 Rentale Dunkeld. (SHS) 268.
For annuell rent of ane ȝard & peithows vmquhill Thom Brovnis in Sowttergait; 1563 Dumfries B. Ct. fol. 189.
The Soutergait port; 1681 Dumfries Doc. (Petitions No. 47).
Six riggs of Soutarland; 1696 Perth Shoemakers 19.

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