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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Altarage, Alterage, n. Also: altaraige; alteradge, -agh, -ige; altrage, -adge; ault(e)rage. [med.L. altaragium, f. altare altar. Also in Eng. from 17th c. ME. had auter-, awterage after OF. auterage.] The endowment or revenues of a particular altar; the right to these on the part of an ecclesiastic.(a) 1446 Reg. Cupar A. I. 125.
The altarage of the Kyrk of South Alveth
Payand … for the said altarage xxv markis of vsuale money
1490 Acta Conc. 163/1.
The accioun persewit be maister Clemet Farely chapellane of Sanct Cuthbertis altare within Sanct Gelis Kirk … for the wrangwis furthputtin of the said maister Clemate out of … his said seruice and altarage
1519 Dunferm. B. Rec. 78.
The altaraige … of our Ladé of Peté situate within the paroch kyrk of Dunfermlyn
1550 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 277.
That tha may caus mak inuintour thairof to be keipit to the vsis of the altaragis thairof in tymes cuming
1581 Melvill 112.
Uther Benefices and Patronages thairof, … sic as are these altarages
1661 Acts VII. 303/2.
Act in favours of Laik Patrons of … Chaplanries & Altarages
(b) 1474 Reg. Cupar A. I. 215.
The frutis of … our kyrk of Fossoquhy, bath of the tend schafe and of the alterage
1493 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 334.
In supportacione and supple of the said alterage
1525 Stirling B. Rec. 21.
The nixt wakand alteragh that wakis within thar parocht kirk
1567 Reg. Privy C. I. 497.
The annuellis of Alteragis, Chapellanereis, and Obittis … quhairevir the samyn sal happin to vaik
1584 Acts III. 309/2.
To tak ordour with the chaiplanreis, alterageis and vtheris small benefices within this realme
1622-6 Bisset II. 139/16.
The forme of Doitting or gifting … of ane annuelrent of auld to ane alteraige or chaiplanrie
1661 Acts VII. 213/1.
Ane a[nnual] rent of the altar of the holie Trinitie, and all other alteradges, … or prebandaries whatsumever
(c) 1567 Peebles B. Rec. 304.
The baylles ordanes all the preistis … to produce thair gifft of thair altragis [pr. attragis] affor thame
1641 Acts V. 545/1.
Landis … pertening to whatsomever chaiplanries, kirkis and altradgis
The altrage of Sanct Bartilmow

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