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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Forsamekle, -mekill, conj. Also: forsamikle, -mekyll, -mekil(le, -meikle, -meikill; forsayemekle, -mekill; forswamikle, -mekill, -meikle, forsuamei(c)kle. [Northern ME. forsomykill (1456); otherwise only Sc.] Forasmuch. (Regularly followed by as.)(a) 1468 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 24.
Forsamekle as sic a case has nocht hapnyt … in tyme bygane
1488 Crim. Trials I. 8.
Forsamekle as it is fundin be sensment of Parliament, that [etc.]
1539 Misc. Spald. C. II. 194.
Forsamekle as laitlie the leist of oure small signetis is stollin or rekleslie tynt
1562-3 Winȝet I. 133/29.
Forsamekle as ȝe ar offendit and gretumlie displesit that [etc.]
1583 Misc. Spald. C. IV. 230.
Forsamekle as thair hes stand ald kyndnes … betuix our hous … and the erllis and hous of Huntlie
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI 269.
Forsamikle as we understand … that [etc.]
(b) 1473 Misc. Spald. C. IV. 8.
Forsamekille as our soueran lord has direkit his breif of sesing to me
1507 Reg. Privy S. I. 227/1.
Wit ȝe that forsamekill as we understand that [etc.]
1577 Stirling B. Rec. I. 101.
Forsamekill as this sasing … sall hawe na maner of effect
1611 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 21.
Forsamekill as ane of the cheif causis whilk hes encouragit [etc.]
1622-6 Bisset I. 141/30.
Forsamekill as in tymes bygane [etc.]
(c) 1548 Grant Chart. 102.
Forsayemekill as the said Ewin … hes doin mor innormiteis [etc.]
1551 Ib. 103.
Forsayemekill as my cusing … is becummyne man and serwand to me
(d) c 1580 (1498) Edinb. B. Rec. I. 72.
Forswamekill as thai ar sikkerly informit that [etc.]
1590 Ib. V. 12.
Forswamekill as the provest. bailleis and counsall wer straitlie commandet … to keip suir watche
1600-1610 Melvill 610.
Forsuameikle as God hes ordained kingis, … and princes, to be … defenderis of his Kirk
1658 Glasgow Weavers 22.
Forswameikle as the said Johne Bryssoune is heirby becume bunden prenteis
1705 Corshill Baron Ct. 207.
Forsuameickle as Euphame Catherwood, … is now past twelve yeareis of age
(e) 1614 Crim. Trials III. 293.
Forsameikle as, by the frequent intrantis of extraniers in this countrie [etc.]
1626 Wemyss Chart. 313.
Forsameikill as vmquhile Patrick Lawerok, … delait me as suspect of ane witche or warlow
1657 Aberd. B. Rec. 169.
Forsameikle as the counsell haueing befoir givin ordour to the magistrats [etc.]
1681 Glasgow Weavers 5.
Forsameikle as the deacon. masteris [etc.], … hes desyred our ratificatioune

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