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Hede, Heid, v.1 Also: hed, heyde, head. [Northern ME. hede, hed (c 1300), also heved Hevid v.; f. the noun.] tr. To behead (a person). Also absol. (a) All the presoners … gert he hed ilkane; Barb. v. 402.
Paule [he] … bad hedit suld be; Leg. S. ii. 160.
Sum men sais … That he richt thane heddyt wes; Ib. ix. 318.
Under bannysing Or to be hedit; Bk. Chess 495.
Edward Sinclar … hedit and slew in ane bern 7 men of Zeitland; 1529 Rec. Earld. Orkney 59.
Captane James Cullen was hedyd at Leycht; 1571 Misc. Spald. C. II. 37.
(b) Sum wer heidit, sum stanit; Kennedy Pass. Christ 901.
The said lard … quhen he wes passand to deid to be heidit declarit; 1515 Acta Conc. MS. XXVII. 83.
The counsallouris … Till heid or hang as thame self lykit best; Stewart 3531.
He gart his flaschar lay ther craggis on ane stok and gart heyde them; Compl. 162/14.
Sum for the hure garris heid thameselff; 1571 Sat. P. xxix. 35.
The Scotis … heidet thair the deid lyeris; Dalr. I. 292/15.
And schortlie, with ane maiden, he wes heidit; Spalding II. 391.
(c) Capitane Johne Gordoun … wes headitt and hes man wes hangitt; 1592 Crim. Trials I. 358.
Argyll is to die on Tuesday nixt, whither headed or hanged I cannot yet tell; 1685 Red Bk. Grandtully II. 269.

b. In the phr. To hede and hing (hang). Also quasi-intr. and absol. The king … gert draw hym, & hede & hing; Barb. iv. 30.
Wuder the pane … to heid or hang; Bk. Chess 500.
Fals tratouris … That seruit weill be draw, both heid and hing; Doug. K. Hart 528.
Ane king … That purposis to heid and hang ws; Lynd. Sat. 3218 (B).
Quhen ane of thame sustenis wrang We cry for justice, heid and hang; Maitland Maitl. F. xxi. 62.
To heid and hang, burne and drowne the saidis trausgressouris [etc.]; 1601 Frasers of Philorth 267.
Infeftments … with power to hang, head, imprison, [etc.]; 1634 Stirling's Royal Lett. II. 761.

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