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FAUTER, n. Also faater (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.), fauto(u)r, faulter (Abd. 1794 Sc. N. & Q. (1905) VI. 184). A wrongdoer, a defaulter, esp. against Church discipline. Abd. 1701  W. Cramond Church of Aberdour (1896) 47:
The Session to appoint a four nooked big stool to be made of an ell high to stand in the mids of the floor before the pulpit to be a Terror to faulters, that they may come from the remote public places and stand ther when the minister rebukes them.
Sc. 1728  Ramsay Poems 33:
I've been a Fauter, now three Days are past.
Ayr. 1796  Burns Had I the Wyte ii.:
Let him be planted in my place, Syne say I was the fautor.
Dmf. 1820  Blackwood's Mag. (Sept.) 662:
“Mattie Macleg, ye limmer,” quoth he, “ye are a sad and sinfu' fautor; ye hae louped owre the fauld-dyke o' grace.”
wm.Sc. 1836  Scottish Annual 306:
Had he no been a laird, it's lang afore ye wad hae let your dochter put up wi' my auld joe, or hounded yer session on ae fautour.
Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 26:
The hin'mest fau'ter wha steud i' the Mary Kirk joggs wus Willie Brock.
Sc.(E) 1913  H. P. Cameron Imit. Christ i. xviii.:
Noo-a-days a man is coontit grit, gin he binna a fautour.

[From Faut. O.Sc. fautor, id., from 1461. Cf. obs. Eng. faulter.]

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