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PURCHASE, v., n. Also purchas(s), purtchiz. Sc. forms and usages:

I. v. To procure, obtain, gain possession of, acquire (Sc. 1787 J. Beattie Scoticisms 70). Obs. in Eng. Sc. 1703  M. Martin Descr. W. Isles 286:
With these rude Hooks, and a few sorry Fishing-lines, they purchased Fish for their Maintenance.
Sc. 1728  Analecta (Maidment 1834) I. 322:
I purchassed him for two years, the use of four considerable MSS. out of my Lord Malpas his library.
Sh. 1898  Shetland News (24 Sept.):
Dat sax men niver took wid i' der haands 'at wid purtchiz lines here da day.

II. n. That which one procures or obtains by any means, lawful or otherwise; hence booty, spoil, plunder, gains, casual acquisitions. Obs. in Eng. Sc. 1703  M. Martin Descr. W. Isles 299:
They [two eagles] commonly make their Purchase in the adjacent Isles and Continent, and never take so much as a Lamb or a Hen from the Place of their Abode.
Sc. 1710  T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis:
He lives upon his purchase as well as others upon their set rent.
Sc. 1776  D. Herd Sc. Songs II. 234:
There dwells a Tod on yonder craig, . . . He lives as well on his purchase, As ony laird or knight.
Sc. 1808  Jam.:
We still say, He lives on his purchase, of one who has no visible or fixed means of sustenance.
Sc. 1816  Scott Antiquary xxiv.:
Dousterswivel's brow grew very dark at this proposal of leaving him to his “ain purchase”.

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"Purchase v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Oct 2018 <>



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