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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Before-writtin, p.p. Also: befor, befoir; wryttin, -yne, wrytyn, -en, writyn, -ing; wretyn, wreiten, wretten; wyrtyn, wirtyn, -yne (virtyne), wirtin, wertyn(e. [Cf. ME. beforn-writen (Wyclif).] Previously written or specified. (Frequent c 1385–1490.)(a) 1385 Red Bk. Grandtully I. 138*.
In the tyme that I … assentyt to resayve this cause before wrytyn
1393 Reg. Morton II. 190.
The day, the yere, and the place befor wrytyn
1425 Milne Home MSS. 19.
Al thir thyngis, cunandis and condicionis befor wryttyne
1471 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 527.
Day and plaic[e] befor wreiten
1481 Ib. II. 330.
At the termes and plas befor writtin
(b) 1428 Wemyss Chart. 55.
The day, yere, and place befor wirtyn
1450 Douglas Chart. 380.
The … condiciounis … before wirtin
1474 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 449.
ȝer, day, and place befor wertyne
1492 Myll Spect. 298/4.
I … translatit that I fand befor wyrtyn

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