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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).

Heritabilly, Heretabilly, adv. Also: heritably, -lie, herytabilly, -ably; heretably, -lie, -abillie, -abilé, herretablie; hearitablé, hearetabillie; heritablely, heretablely, -abillely. [e.m.E. (once) heretably (1523), otherwise appar. only Sc.; f. Heritabil(l,a.]

1. As a heritable property, as heritage; as held by heritable right.(a) 14.. Acts I. 360/2.
That schippis … na hors of ony burges dede aw on na way to pertene to the ayr herytably
c1420 Wynt. ii. 734.
It was thare wylle … that ile … be conquest to thame wyn … For thame and tharis herytabilly
1439 Edinb. Chart. 64.
Grantande to … Robert and to hys airs herytabilly for euermare oure ful and playne poware … al oure said landis to set [etc.]
a1500 Rauf C. 760.
The nixt vacant … Forfaltour or fre waird … I gif thé heir heritabilly
1628 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 368.
The haill mylnes [which] belongis to the toun heritablie and in tak to he servit be ane myller
(b) 1499 Reg. Great S. 537/1.
Quhilkis landis of before wer of the said George heretably
1521 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 205.
This ground apon the quhilk scho intendis to big pertenis to me heretablie
1557 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 302.
That euery ald possessour of fyschingis or land … sell haf thair awin agane haldin heretably of the toune
a1595 Descr. Isles in Skene Celtic Sc. III. App. 434.
[The island] perteinis heretablie to ane barron callit the Laird of Challow

b. By inheritance. 1619 J. Sempill Sacrilege Handl. 37.
An action heretably descended

2. In the disposition of property: With heritable rights to the disponee.(a) 1393 Reg. Morton II. 190.
That he may enfef herytably … his son and his ayre forsaid in to the Barony of Prestoune
1472 Bamff Chart. 30.
The annuale of sex markis … analiit heritably to the said … Richard
1582 Reg. Privy C. III. 491.
James, Lord Innermeith … hes bene heritablie infeft in the office of coronelschip of … Perth
c1650 Spalding II. 208.
The Lord Gordoun not to haue pouer to sell heritablie ony of his estait, but consent of his father
(b) 1478 Acta Aud. 64/2.
That the said Walter infeftis nocht the said George be charter and sesing heretabilly in the said landis
1541 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 109.
The baillies … thinkis expedient to tak fra the sisteris of the Senys thair arrable croft … heretablie in fewferme
1581 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 407.
The said James [etc.] … hes sauld heretablie to me ane plewche land of … Petfour
1618 Wemyss Chart. (MS.)
Heretablie infeft of the offices of stewartrie, bailliarie [etc.]
1619 Ib.
To be infeft thairin herretablie
(c) 1410 Red Bk. Menteith II. 281.
For the quhilk mariage the said Erle … sal gif heritablely, … twa hundreth markis worth of land in to properte
1492 Acta Conc. 254/2.
To warrand … to hir and hir barnes heretablely the landis [etc.]

3. As heir-at-law. a1578 Pitsc. I. 63/30.
George, quho succeidit to his father broder herretablie to the earle[dome] of March

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