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Amerciament, n. Also: amercyament, amersiament (amersament), amerceament, amerchiament (admerciament). [ME. amerciament (c 1425), med.L. amerciamentum, f. amerciare; see Amerciate v. Cf. Amerciment n.]

1. The condition of being subject to a pecuniary penalty at the discretion of the court or judge. [If he] cummys noȝt … or the ryngin of the bel cese, he salbe in his amerciament; Acts I. *92/2.
Pat Kellou dempstar wardit John Hau in amersament; 1456 Peebles B. Rec. 115.
Dom gewin … that the said Cuthbert is in amerciament for falt of apperans; 1488 Lanark B. Rec. 4.
Johen the scherra was in amerciament for the regrathing of the Kingis burgis; 1520 Stirling B. Rec. I. 7.
The sayd Thom is jugit in admerciament and dome gyfin thairapon; 1556 Inverness B. Rec. I. 2.
Margaret Andro is fund in the wrang and amerchiament of court for trublance done be hir to Jonet Tailyour; 1573–4 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 2.
Jon Guthrie … is convicted in amerciament of court for miscalling of Thomas Kempt; 1604 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 34.
David Philip … was convict and put in amerciament of court; 1643 Aberd. B. Rec. 3.

2. The fine or mulct so imposed. Freq. plural. Common in legal formulæ during 15–17th cent. (a) The amerciamentis and the profites of thir courtes cummand; 1388 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 294.
That ȝe nothir in tym cumin … lift na rais amersiament na unlaw for the causis; 1448 Reg. Episc. Brechin I. 114.
Item of amerciament for the quhilk Wedast Gresone wes bundin for his cousing, l li.; 1474 Treas. Acc. I. 10.
All amerciamentis and unlawis he or his suferteis wer adjudgeit in; 1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 269/1.
Thai … sall do thair det to our corn miln … vnder pane of ane amercyament; 1547 Reg. Cupar A. II. 43.
Quhilk may be called the vnlaw or amerciament paied be him; Skene Verb. S. s.v. Sak.
Small customes, escheites, and amerciamentis of courtes; 1641 Peebles B. Rec. 101.
Fynes and amerceaments and penaltyes … to be employed for their Table uses; 1655 Stitchill Baron C. 5.
(b) Grantand to our said balȝe our full powar … amerchiamentis to lift and rais; 1492 Breadalbane Doc. (Reg. H.) No. 26.
With court and playnt of the saidis landis, … amerchiamentis and eschietis thairof; 1522 Stirlings of Keir. 318.
Witht court, plaint, … unlauis, amerchiamentis and aschaetis; 1542 Reg. Privy S. II. 738/1.
Committand to thame oure full power … amerchiamentis, and escheittis … to ask, lift, and rais; 1602 Misc. Spald. C. I. 83.
Amerchiamentes … to ask [etc.]; 1641 Acts V. (1817) 574/1.

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"Amerciament n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 Jan 2021 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/amerciament>



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