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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Allegeance, n.2 Also: alegeance, al-, allegeawns, allegeans, -ians, -iance; allegans, -ance, alleigance; alledgeance, -iance, alleadgance, alleagence; elegiens. [ME. alegeaunce, aliegiaunce (c 1400), a formation on Lege n. liege.] Allegiance, fealty.(a) c 1400 Reg. Morton I. p. xlii. (we chargis yhow in yhour allegeans that … ). 1408 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 176 (his allegeance til our Lord the King). c1420 Wynt. vii. 1568 (his Lord be detfull alegeawns); viii. 1640 (all allegeawns and all homage). a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 138 (brekis faith be lost allegians). a1508 Kennedy Flyting 419 (I am constant in myn allegeance). 1592 Wemyss Corr. 41 (sic boundis as hes schaiken of thair allegeance). 1622-6 Bisset II. 187/31 (our bundin dewitie of allegeance). 1665 Justiciary Rec. I. 136 (the oath of alledgiance).(b) 1488 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 704/2 (my allegans to the King). 1506 Chart. (Reg. H.) No. 693 (our allegance to the king). c1500-c1512 Dunb. xlv. 21 (in luve to keip allegance).

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