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Band, n.1 Also: bande, baund(e. [Early ME. band (c 1200), bande, ON. band.]

1. A bond or fetter; a means of restraint. Chiefly in phrases (furth or out) of band(is), out-with band, in band(is). Leg. S. i. 522 (Petir the hound losit of bande).
Acts I. 326/2 (gif the mastis be nocht in bande na in chenȝeis).
Wynt. iii. 364 (bath his handys scho festynyde wytht thai bandys).
1470 Peebles B. Rec. 164 (that na swyn suld be haldyn out band).
Henr. Fab. 1528 (in bandis strang heir man I ly).
1512 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 137 (that na doggis be haldin furth of band).
Doug. ii. iii. 3 (the mannykillis and hard bandis); etc.
1530 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 29 (that thai keip thame in band).
Dalr. I. 198/11 (quha immediatlie in bandes was castne).

b. fig. A fettering or confining force or influence. Wynt. v. 3792 (hys syne and bandys that he was cumbryd in).
Gol. & Gaw. 1058 (to bring ws out of bandis).
Irland Mir. I. 6/22 (to deliuer the pepill fra the band of Sathanas).
Doug. iii. Prol. 44 (fra swelth of Sylla and dyrk Caribdis bandis).
Nisbet Mark vii. 35 (the band of his tung was lowset).
Lynd. Mon. 266 (lowsit we wer frome bandis of Balyall).
Maitl. Q. lxv. 123 (in cruell bandis of cair).
James VI Ess. 55 (reulis wilbe bot a band to Nature).

2. A narrow flat piece or strip of metal, used for strengthening or securing something; esp. one attached to a door or gate either to strengthen it, or suspend it on the ‘crooks’. Gret flaggatis tharof thai maid, Gyrdit with irne bandis braid; Barb. xvii. 616.
The ȝaip ȝeman to the ȝet is gane; Enbraissit the bandis beliue; Rauf C. 629.
For mendyn of … dur and wyndo, ij bandis and a cruk and nailis; 1488 Lanark B. Rec. 2.
For mykkis and bandis to the gunnys; 1496 Treas. Acc. I. 292.
Sex score crukis for duris and wyndois, 84 bandis; 1501 Ib. II. 88.
The ȝettis of Caspy ar stekit with yrne bandis & barris; Asl. MS. I. 162/6.
With hard irne bandis claspit fast in cage; Doug. i. v. 115.
Four bandis tynnit to the thua trans durris of the chapell; 1534–5 Linlithgow Pal. 323.
Ane band to the nether queir duir, and ane cleik; 1552 Edinb. B. Rec. 338.
For mending the greit bands of the Kirk of Feyld Port; 1555 Ib. 298.
Twa bandis of irne for the stok of the gross culwering; 1585 9th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 193/1.
For a pair of creukis and bandis to the bak dore; 1618 Linlithgow Pal. 338.
Twa windowes with bands and slots; 1645 Aberd. B. Rec. 47.
To John Carss, smith … for … helping a band to the back clossgat; 1690 Foulis Acc. Bk. 130.
A door peice and door, … cheiks, lock, and bands; 1694 Ib. 168.

b. A rope, string, straw-twist, etc. with which something is secured or tied. A thourtour bande, that all the drawcht wpbar; Wall. ix. 1632.
Bayth the saidis mens cornes was off ane band, and nocht na differance betuixt bayth the bandis; 1595 Orkney & Sh. Rec. I. 220.

c. A range (of hills); the ridge (of a hill). All that cuntre and band of hillis hie; Doug. xi. vii. 59.
Hym self ascendis the hie band of the hyll; Ib. x. 63.

3. fig. A bond or tie of union or obligation; a compact or contract. Wedding is the hardest band That ony man may tak on hand; Barb. i. 267.
Me ware leware … Be banyste … Thane fore to brak to Criste the band; Leg. S. iii. 932.
In to the fyrst band That wes made in thare cunnand Hys Crystyndome this clerk forsuke; Wynt. v. 4710.
Saynt Adaman … Come tyll hyme thare, and fermly Mad spyrytualle band off cumpany; Ib. 5184.
The quhilk is nocht sa stark band as is the law of nature; Hay I. 128/30.
The band spirituall betuix man and his fader spirituale; Ib. 130/11.
Besy to kepe vnitee of spirit in the band of pece; Nisbet Eph. iv. 3.
That band of luif is best; Scott xxxiv. 62.
They moved with sa forceabill bandis hes solemnatlie avowed [etc.]; Bisset I. 111/12.

b. The bond of marriage. Occas. Goddis band. Hyr dochtir, that … Wes coupillyt in-to Goddis band With Walter; Barb. iv. 41.
Mariage was fyrste that God of hevine … mad. & blyssit that band; Leg. S. x. 348.
Gif scho be in Goddis band; Gud Wife 141.
Quhen thow spous kep weil thi hand, Thai thrif nocht weil at brekis that band; Consail Wys Man 250.
That ilk band, that ȝe so blist call; Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 235.
Wowaris of this land That hir tofor had axit in sik band; Doug. xii. i. 70.
To compleit the band of halynes That God deuysit betuix woman and man; Rolland Seven S. 20/10.
Of that band God was the minister; Lauder Minor P. v. 26.
Then sould we … honour and blis the band of hymen; Maitl. Q. xlix. 48.
Ane barne vnlauchfullie gotten outwith the band of mariage; Skene Verb. S. s.v. Bastardus.

c. A compact of alliance or mutual interest; a covenant or league. It is acordit betvix the saide lordis that nane of thaim sal mak sic like band … with ony othir persone but consent of bath the partyis; 1409 Exch. R. IV. p. ccx.
Bandys betwene thame richt straitly Bwndyn [were] … off cumpany; Wynt. vii. 2104.
Thare may na band be maid sa ferm, Than thai can mak thare will thare term; Ib. ix. 2677.
Thair kingis and princis suore grete athis to kepe thai bandis and condiciounis; Hay II. 105/36.
The foxe, … The gled, … Quhilk wer confidderit straitlye in ane band; Henr. Fab. 1170.
To stand in hartly band and kyndnes as efferis; 1491 Lennox Mun. 143.
In his tyme began the band betuix Fraunce & Scotland, the quhilk band lestis ȝit; Asl. MS. I. 253/16.
The band roborat in maner forsaid, Gathelus maid sacrifice … to his Goddis; Bell. Boece I. 4.
The band agane and peice for till renew; Stewart 21001.
The lordis and gentilmen of Louthian … subscryvit the new band and confidderatioun; Diurn. Occurr. 59.
Countre men quhilk in ane band Conspyris still to do the deir; Maitl. F. clxxix. 83.
That he sulde drawe that people to sum amitie, and to sum bande of freindschip bring thame; Dalr. I. 72/15.
He called the Solemne League and Covenant a Band; 1648 St. A. Presb. 46.
[He] wes bot ane barne who (according to the Commoun Band) micht not be ansuerabill for their misdeidis; Spalding I. 3.

d. A formal or documentary bond, contract, or agreement, entered into or made by a person. That … the Governour sall giff his lettres, bande, and seille till his cusin … of mantinance, helpe, and suppleie; 1420 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 182.
The lordys walde noucht wndo The band that thai war oblysyd to; Wynt. ii. 1148.
Absolutyown than tuk he, And all hys bandys gert selyd be; Ib. vii. 2346.
The wys lordis gert hym sone brek that band; Wall. i. 76.
To that fals king he had neuir maid band; Ib. iii. 54.
To the observing, keping, and fulfilling of all and sindri thir promittis bandis and oblisingis aboue writin; 1482 Edinb. Chart. 156.
Personis … quhilkis wil be bund to … gif sufficient plegis and band thairupoun; 1517 Reg. Privy S. I. 449/1.
To gif ane notabill exempill … that nowthir faith, band, nor promisis suld be observate to ane tratoure; Bell. Livy I. 33/26.
The marriage of his sone. conforme to vmquhile Wat Retray his fadderis band; 1557 Reg. Cupar A. II. 262.
Vndir a certane pecuniall pane mentionat in the act and band maid thairupoun; 1596 Misc. Spald. C. V. 373.
Hir saidis haill gudis, geir, … bandis, obligatiounes. actiones. … pertening to hir; 1605 Edinb. Test. XL. 23 b.
The sald John Gordone … inforced the said Williame to give band to him for payment of ane thowand merkes; 1641 Acts V. 503/1.
[The Council] appoints the said thesaurer to give band … for the saids money, and the said baillie his band for the samen; 1657 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 170.
Yow shall have my hand as a-forsaid for all togither; 1684 Red Bk. Grandtully II. 264.

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