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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XII).

Ȝaucht, Yaucht, n. Also: ȝaught, ȝeaught, yaught, yeaucht, yeaught, ȝacht, yeacht, yeaght. [e.m.E. yeaghe (1557), yaught (1616), yacht (1673), early mod. Du. jaght(e, f. jaghtschip a light sailing vessel.] A yacht, a small, speedy sailing ship. Also attrib. 1600 Crail B. Ct. 23 Sept.
The saidis Thomas … and Jonett hes sauld and disponit … ther equall halff off the ȝaucht [29 July 1599 bark, 27 Sept. 1600 crear] callit the Hathorne
1664 Household Bks. Archb. Sharp in Misc. Maitl. C. II 518.
To the sailors whair his lordship breakfast in the ȝeaught £1 10 s.
1664 Household Bks. Archb. Sharp in Misc. Maitl. C. II 518.
To the sailleris of the ȝaught at Owlage £3 12 s.
1666 10th Rep. Hist. MSS App. v 10.
Gunner of his majestie's vessell the Mary yaucht
1676 Aberd. Council Lett. VI 53.
To bring about the yeacht called the Charles of Stockhollme from the harbor of Aberdeine … to … Leith
1677 Edinb. B. Rec. X 295.
Ane yeacht which belonged to Capitan Pigion
1680 Aberd. Council Lett. VI 212.
A man of warr and three yaughts are expected everie houre for ther highnesses go up by sea
1680 Stirlings of Keir 517.
The Duck and Duches of York accompanied with two men of warr and 3 yeaghts landit in Fyff yesterday
1681 Lauder Observes 44.
The king's yaughts were saluted with a full round of the canons upon the castle of Edinburgh
1682 Lauder Observes 62.
The Duke of Albany … took shipping in his oune yaught
1683 Rec. of Old Tolbooth in Bk. Old Edinb. C. VIII 158.
To atend at Leith vpon the coming of on of his majesties yeauchts sent doune with the prisoners
1685 Lauder Notices Affairs II 627.
1689 Edinb. Surgeons 363.
Wm Hopkins chirurgion of his majesties yaucht the Marie
1692 Conv. Burghs IV 585.
Accompt of shipps belonging to … Glasgow … the small yaught to James Gibsone 30 tunns 1000 lib.
1696 Caldwell P. 172.
attrib. 1589 Edinb. Test. XXI 5.
He had at hame ane Norroway ȝacht crear quhilk is saxtene lastis of birth with hir ornamentis

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