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Excrescence, -ens, n. Also: excressence, -cres(s)ens; excressance, -ans; excrascence, -ens. [e.m.E. excressence (1578), -crescence, L. excrescentia.] An excess amount; an increase.(a) 1473 Acta Aud. 24/2.
The said Iohne to restore again to him samekle as the excrescens cummys to
1476 Ib. 54/1.
The excrescens … abone the soume of fourty li. of the last ȝere bigain
1513 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 146.
The saidis personis to haue twa li. gs. for their labouris, and of the excrescens … to mak reknyng … to the toun
1577 Edinb. Test. V. 343 b.
The saidis barnes to be sustenit vpoun the excrescens of thair geir
1649 Gen. Assembly II. 171.
That the excrescens of the rents of the said Bishoprick and Pryorie sould be bestoued only vpon pious uses
1656 Sutherland Chart. 198.
Of victuall the excrescens of his maynes in bairne and bairneyaird
(b) 1485 Acta Conc. *110/2.
He … grantit to pay the excrescence of the avale of thaim
1507 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 435.
Gif the said ring excedis the debt, to deliuer the excrescence tharof [to] the awnar of the said ring
1533 Bell. Livy II. 157/17.
Thare gudis war multiplyit be excrescence of the proffit that thai haue won afore in batall
1561 Reg. Privy C. I. 193.
The excrescence and superplus to be assignit to the auld possessouris
1587 Conv. Burghs I. 254.
Quhat superplus or excrescence beis thairof
1594 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 116.
The commandouris [are] to haif ten pund in the moneth and the rest sex pund ilk persoun, to be tayne of the excrescence of this last extent
(c) 1567 Stewart Mem. 102.
Quhilkis barnis the said Jame … sall wphalde and sustene honestlie as efferis vpoun the excresence of thair said barnis pairt of geir
1574 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I. 255.
Tua pleucht draving oxin … witht thair excressens, daylie and yeirlie profeittis thairof
1596 Conv. Burghs I. 483.
To tak ordour with the fyve hundreth pundis of excresens of the burrowis pairt of the last generall extent
1614 Ib. II. 464.
The ane halfe thairof [to be paid] be the excressence and overcum of the ministers stipend
(d) 1539 Glasgow Prot. IV. 120.
For the excressans of my said yard and tenement … by this suffrage
1584 Argyll Fam. Lett. 67.
That scho bestow the proffeit and excressance thairof … to his vtilitie and proffeit
(e) 1551 Prot. Bk. R. Lumsdane 17.
The cornis, growtht, wpcast and excrascens off the samin [land] to pertene to the said Thomas
1584 Prot. Bk. J. Robertsone 26 b.
The seid land … with the haill cornis and excrascence thairof that happinnis grow thairvpone

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