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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Burgage, n. Also: burgag, -gaig(e, -gadge. [e.m.E. (1502), med. L. burgagium, OF. bourgage.]

1. The form of tenure by which property within a royal burgh is held of the king. Usually in phr. in (fre) burgage. (Also with ellipse of in.) 1538–9 Irvine Mun. I. 42.
Sen thai war exceptit fra our said schireff, baillie, and thare deputis in fre burgage
1558 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I. 168.
The saids complenaris … ar infeft in our said burgh of Kintor … in fre burgage
1562 Edinb. Deeds MS. 29.
To be halden of oure souerane leady in frie burgaig for payment ȝeirlie of seruic of burghe
1572 Prot. Bk. W. Cumming 161 b.
Twa rud of land … to be haldyn in burgage
1573 Inverness B. Rec. I. 231.
The saidis landis ar haldin in burgage
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Sokmania.
Quhen ane haldis his landes in name of burgage
Id. Reg. Maj. 37.
Gif ane vassall halds land of the king in frie burgage
1639 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 181.
The saids tempill tenementis and lands … ar now disponit be his Majestie to the toune to be hauldin in frie burgage
1657 Conv. Burghs III. 456.
The Marqueis of Argyll … did … promeis … he wold quyt his superioritie of the saidis houssis and suffer thame to hold in free burgag
1663 Decis. Lords G. 70.
The town of Inverness having stented Iohn Forbes … in a certain sum, … for his burrow-lands, within and without burgh, holden burgage

2. Land held on burgage tenure. 1568 Prot. Bk. W. Cumming 90 b.
All and hale his heritage lyand within the bruche and burgage of Inuernes
1581 Misc. Spald. C. IV. 67.
Ane piece of burgage lyand on the south syd of the Flucargait of Dunde
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. 121.
Gif ane bond man … comes to ane burgh, and buyes to himselfe ane burgage, and dwelles in that burgage ane ȝeare

3. Attrib. with dutie, land. 1653 Peebles B. Rec. II. 12.
The prebendar, burgage, and few dueties payable out of the burro landis
1656 Ib. 38.
Burgadge or feu dueties
1693 Conv. Burghs IV. 179.
The commissioners can not deny but that the saids burgage lands should belong to the burgh
1694 Lanark B. Rec. 250.
George Baillie … hes commensed a process against the burgh for entering him in the forsaids burgage landis

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