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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Agnat, Agnate, n. and a. Also: agnet(e. [F. agnat, L. agnātus. Also in mod. E.]

1. n. One who is related through the father; a kinsman by the father's side. 1474 Acts II. 107/1.
He that is nerrest agnet … salbe lauchfull tutour
1516 Ib. XII. 37/1.
Nerrest and maist tender agnate to oure Soverane Lord
1534 Balfour Pract. 117.
Thay cannot have ony agnat or kinnisman of the fatheris side
1558 Inverness Sheriff Ct. 45.
Desyrand to be cognoscit narrest Agnate of the fadyr kyn to Lauchlane McIntochie
1585 Acts III. 396/1.
The nearest agnettis and kinsmen of naturall foulis, ideottis, and furious
1613 Crim. Trials III. 262.
The said Robert, as nerrest agnat of bluid to thame, was defraudit of the charge of his bairnes
1663 Decis. Lords G. 50.
The pursuer Robert was also declared nearest agnat, and a person fit to administrat

2. adj. Related through the father's side. 1604-31 Craig i. 9/17.
Of royall blood her nyest agnat heyre

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