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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).

Hagbut(t)ar, -er, n. Also: hagbit(t)ar, -er. [f. Hagbute,n.] A soldier armed with a hagbut; a harquebusier.(a) 1532 Treas. Acc. VI. 158.
To lviij hagbutaris feit for the space of iiij dais
1548–9 Ayr B. Acc. 106.
[For part of the tax] to hald hagbutaris on the Bordouris
1549 Compl. 6/12.
The hagbutaris … entrit in the toune but resistance
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 57.
xl horsemen and xxx hagbuteris … raid … to the Inglis trinschis
Ib. 176.
Ane thowsand futemen, viz. hagbuteris and pickmene
(b) 1533 Acta Conc. & Sess. MS. II. 153.
xij hagbuttaris and culveranaris
c1550 Lynd. Test. Meldrum 98.
In steid of monkis & freiris, In gude ordour, ane thowsand hagbutteris
1552 Reg. Privy C. I. 131.
That all the men be hagbutterris, furnischit with powldir flask, morsing hornis [etc.]
a1578 Pitsc. I. 229/2.
Ane gaird of Frinchemen … to the number of iiijxx of hagbuttaris to be redy at his command
1626 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 293.
That everie … hagbutter provyid him selff of all thinges belonging to ane … hagbuit
1640 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 215.
Twa hundreth guardis hagbutteris
(c) 1565 Irvine Mun. I. 52.
Ane semelye number of hagbittaris to be rasit
a1578 Pitsc. II. 278/11.
Fyiftie hagbittaris to keip the samyn [castle]
1596 Dalr. II. 318/18.
The toun … was fortifeit with hagbitteris
c1615 Chron. Kings 117.
The hagbiters keiping the willage

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