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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Counstable, n. [Variant of constable, after other words in coun- varying with con-.] = Constable. 1469 Acts II. 95/1.
That na capitane nor counstable of the kingis castellis … sall beir office within the said toune
1478 Acta Aud. 62/2.
The captain, counstable, & kepiris of the said castel to ressaf thaim in ward
1507 Treas. Acc. IV. 79.
Payit for a tyrment of the Counstable of the Abbay
1533 Boece xiii. viij. 516.
Alane Galloway, Counstable (quhilk nixt the king is ane authorite having power to iustify ony man that makis effusioun of blude within twa myle of the king)
1579 Wemyss Corr. 24.
The captane, counstable, and keiperis of our castell

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