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Clag, n. Also: clagg, claig, clage. [f. Clag v. Also northern e.m.E. (1641).]

1. A claim against a holder of property. Freq. associated with claim. The said Schir Archibald may peaceblie bruik the saidis landis, without hynder or clagg; 1592 Stirlings of Keir 432.
That the samyn [guidis and geir] remane with him as his awin proper but clag or clame of me or onie of myne; 1592 Edinb. Test. XXIV. 214.
All wther claggis, clameis, perellis [etc.]; 1603 Orkn. & Shetl. Rec. I. 225.
Efter compt and reckining … all clages and clames wes quet be Thomas Caldclewch to Broadwoodscheill; 1660 Melrose R. Rec. I. 282.
All debates, … questiones, clages, clames … happening to arryse betuixt any two or moe persones; 1669 Grant Chart. 247.
All [are] decerned to pay the same … reserveing compensatione of quhat [was] gotten without clagges; 1696 Coll. Ayr & W. IV. 194.

2. A tag of vice or evil repute. The Erles … entered in the kingis tent, and in his presence sparet nocht his vices and clags of his lyfe baldlie to declare; Dalr. II. 97/17.
The Erle fled in Ingland, for some clags layd tii his chairge; Ib. II. 169/18.

3. A point causing difficulty or hesitation. An advertance that in the oath of intrants, … there be no clagg to trouble their conscience; 1639 Baillie I. 179.

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