A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Effair, Effare, n. Also: effayr, effaere. [Later form of Effere n. Cf. also Affair.] An affair; a matter of occupation or business. (Common c 1550–1650.)
(a) Sik effaris and besynes as concernis the commoun wele of the realme; 1545 Reg. Privy C. I. 3.
To serue the towne … in all thair commoun effaris and commoun werkis; 1554 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 197.
That thai elect … tua or thre ma baronis … of gretaist experience in poletique effares; 1567 Acts III. 35/2.
[A man] of lang experience concerning the effaris of the common vealth; Hamilton Cath. Tr. 4 b.
In all … thair legall effaris and business; 1631 Highland P. I. 324.
(b) In all besynes concernyng the commoun weill and vther effairis of the towne; 1552 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 174.
A discharge … of all further intromissioun or cayr with his effaires; Knox II. 382.
He wes … restrainit … fra knawleg of the counsele effayris; Buch. Indict. 33.
Quhither they war of mynd to employ him forther in thair effaires or nocht; 1583 Conv. Burghs I. 168.
Claudius … That … from Italie declynde The tempestes of more greit effairis; Fowler I. 99/50.
I fash me not with Court effairs; Gardyne Garden 38.
Understanding hir selff to be aigit … and nocht abill to … sustein or awaill on hir effairis; 1620 Aberd. Sheriff C. II. 298.
Efter satling of his effaires, he goes directlie to England; Spalding I. 263.
Such personis as will tyne and win in all the effairis of the burghe; 1670 Ann. Banff I. 150.
(c) For keiping of semlie ordour … , and for better depasche of thair effaeres; 1595 Conv. Burghs I. 453.
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