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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Constabil(l)ry, -ablerie, n. Also: -belery, -bilirye; -bilarie, -billary, -blary, -blari. [ME. constabilrie, conestableré (c 1400), OF. conestablerie. The Sc. endings are partly assimilated to constabulary.]

1. = Constabulary 1. c 1390 Reg. Morton I. App. xl.
Thou come … to the tounis of Newton and Dodyngstoun … in the Constabelery of Lithcu
1423 Haddington Mem. II. 229.
[40 pennies worth] of rent within the constabilry of Hadyngtoun
1484 Acta Aud. *132/1.
Landis … liand in the baronry of Dunkanlaw within the constablary of Hadingtoune
1505 14th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. III. 20.
The half of the Bernishill … in the berrony of Brochtoun; and withyne the constabillry of Edinburgh
1534 Liber Melros 628.
Land … within the … constabilirye of Hadingtoune
1592 Exch. Rolls XXII. 179.
The scheref of Edinburgh within the constablerie of Hadingtoun
1616 Edinb. Test. XLIX. 43.
Ion Wilsone in Ettalie within the … constabilarie of Hadingtoun

2. = Constabulary 2. 1484 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 42.
William Kempty, constabil of Abirdene … has made … Alexander of Chavmer … his deput and substitute, to ministre in the said office of constablanary [sic], for a yer
1501 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 91.
Thai promittit to supple the said lord in his office of constablari in tyme tocum
1531 Bell. Boece II. 342.
The constabillary wes gevin to the Hayis of Arroll

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