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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).

For(e)thocht, Foirthocht, a. Also: fore-, forthoucht, forthowcht, forethought, foirthogh(t). [P.p. of ME. *forthinke (p.t. forthoght), OE. foreþencean. Cf. med. Fris. fortocht (1455) in the same sense.] Premeditated, planned. (Rare except with felony.)(a) 1373 Acts I. 184/1.
Si homicidium fuit perpetratum ex certo et deliberato proposito vel per forthouch felony siue murthir
Ib. 184/2.
De murthir et forthouch felony conuictus
c1420 Wynt. vii. 285.
Quhethir it wes off reklesnes Or it off forthowcht felny wes
1425 Acts II. 9/2.
Gif the deide was done apon forthocht felony or throw suddande chaudemellay
1487 Reg. Paisley 272.
The action of forthocht felone committit
1515 Reg. Privy S. I. 403/2.
The slauchter of James Dowglas committit apoun forthocht felony
1547 Reg. Privy C. I. 59.
Personis that sal happin to committ slauchter … upoun forthocht fellonny, and be way of hamesukkyn
1596 Highland P. I. 154.
Johne Campbell … murdrest him upon sett purpose and forthocht fellonie
(b) 1456 Hay I. 256/16.
Gage of bataill cummys ay of forethocht felouny
Ib. 256/23.
Bataill taking cumis of lang forset and forethocht purpos of malice
1521 Fife Sheriff Ct. 215.
Niniane Forster … accusit for the slauchtir of Johne Low upone forethoucht fellony
1570 Sat. P. xx. 84.
Thay … thinkis to de or fortifie Thair fellony forethocht
1629 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. III. 258.
Hurters and wounders of persouns upon auld feede and forethought fellonie
1674 Rec. Justiciary Crt. II. 298.
The crime … being of a higher nature, importing forethought fellony
(c) 1550 Crim. Trials I. 357.
The crewale mutilatioune of Allaster Adesoune, … vpoun auld feid and foirthocht fellony
1560 Rolland Seven S. 8198.
Be the greit foirthocht feid Of the Emprice, imagining my deid
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 197.
Thai … lay in await vpoun auld feid and foirthocht felonie, and set vpoun Henrie Seytoun
1630 Stirling's Royal Lett. II. 487.
For removeing of all suspition that may seme to aryse of any foirthogh fellonie

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