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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Contributioun, -tribucion, n. Also: -utyown(e, -utyoune, -ution, -ucioun; contrabutioun. [ME. contribucioun (1387), -ucion, etc., OF. -ution, L. contribūtio.] A monetary contribution.(a) 1398 Acts I. 574/1.
It is ordanyt that thar be raysit a general contribucion … for common nedis of the kynrike
At the contribucion be raysit of all … catale & landys
c1420 Wynt. iv. 2564.
On this wyis batht land and towne Tyll Rome made contributyoune
Ib. 2627.
Quhen the contributyowne Wes payid, bathe off land and towne
1431 Acts II. 20/1.
This contribucion sal be taxit & raisit … & deliuerit to the auditouris of it
1442 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 7.
Anent the contribucion made to our kingis dochter Elizabeth, in Brettan
1456 Hay I. 187/9.
Than is the questioun … quhethir thai aw to mak contribucioun to thir … imposiciouns or nocht
1478 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 410.
To pay … to the contributioun of our souerane lordis ambassate
1500 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 83.
Gif he dow [= do], he sall pay ane contribution and taxt to oure said altare
1551 Acts II. 490/2.
The annuellar … that makis na contributioun to the bigging of the samin sall want the saxt part of the annuell
1596 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 80.
The presbiterie ordenis everie minister in this presbiterie to bring in his contributioun of almous fra the gentilmen within his paroche
1600 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 263.
To tak and ressave the contributioun … for the sustentatioun of the said minister
1619 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 361.
That a voluntar contributioun be crawit to that effect
(b) 1611 Lothian Dioc. Synod 110.
Everie minister … to caus their parochinaris and sessiounes help … thir supplicantis with sum collectioun and contrabutioun
1616 S. Leith Rec. 15.
The collectioners of the contrabutions
1702 Househ. Bk. G. Baillie 13.
To Lith contrabution, £11. 2. 0

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