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Lauchful(l, Lachful(l, a. (and adv.). Also: lachfule, laichfull, laychfull; lauche-, lawch-, laugh-, (lauh-, laug-,) lawghful(l, -lulle; lacht-, laucht-, lawcht-, laughtfull. [North. ME. laghful, f. Lauch n.1 Before the 17th c.much the commoner Sc. form: cf. Lawfull.]

1. Sanctioned or permitted by law, according to law. (1) He beand in lachfull possession sal resigne the sayde landys in the handis off the our lord; 1413 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 364.
With our help, suppouel, and manetenance in al your lachful and levefulerandis in al tyme to cum; 1422 Fam. Rose 125.
That aythyr off thaim sall be wyth othyr in assistans, all caus, help and suple, lachfull and honest; 1438 Lennox Mun. 69.
[They] war in lachfull possessioune of commounte of the saidis landis; 1516 Fife Sheriff Ct. 33.
(b) That nane wythschaipe … tha mutis … except for an manifest and lauchful caus; Acts I. 10/2.
Gif he has ony othir land wyth the quhilk he may mak lauchful dower; Ib. 42/2.
Bath the partis sel kepe lauchful stent & noth excede; 1437 Reg. Dunferm. 285.
The Kyng … ratifis … the occupacioune of the said Kingis Mor … as lauchfule and rychtwis; 1464 Liber Aberbr. 141.
Thai sal supple lauchfull and honest defens of thare lifis, landis, heretage; 1468 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 6.
The saidis maister Alexander … protestit that he micht hef lauchfull cause … to oppone & declyne the juge; 1520 Fife Sheriff Ct. 199.
The Quene, … promised favouris in all his lauchfull suyttis to wemen; Knox I. 143.
That the Chanceller sould tak his defence in all his lauchfull adois; 1615 Highland P. III. 198.
It is baith godlie, lauchfull and necessar; Bisset II. 148/12.
To try and informe thameselffis by the most indifferent and laughfull meanis thay can of the estait of ilk paroche; 1627 Orkney Rentals iii. 34.
The hous … wher Walter Robertsone, one of the baillies, were present about thair lauchfull affaires; 1670 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 259.
(c) A souer certification of the lordis quhidder gif the said schip was lauchtfull price or nocht; 1522 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 99.
Your gentle behaviour … in all things lawchtfull, honest & godlie; 1559 Cal. Sc. P. I. 220.
Ȝour industrie … in seiking and following furth all laughtfull treadis; 1603 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 93.
People with out ony … lauthfull meanes to leif by; 1609 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI 181.
(2) It is lachfull and lefull [360/2, lauchtfull and leiffull thing] till ilke burges to geyff or sell his lande; Acts I. 24/2.
It sal be lesum and lauchfule to the said Dauid Rate … to tell and nowmer the said sowm; 1500 Chart. (Reg. Ho.) No. 633.
As we grant it lauchful … that mony wald … resaue the haly sacrament of the altar … togidder with the preist; Winȝet I. 89/10.
To be as a maist praisit and a lauchful thing that euir thai reiose in prophane nouelties; Ib. II. 63/23.
It sall not be lauchfull to hir to dispone the same; 1592 Acts III. 544/1.
I do not hold it laugfull, … to give the Pope any obedience therein; 1609 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI 176.

b. Legally or rightfully possessed. That scho suld nocht have ane lachtfull terce; 1503 Acts II. 243/2.
Alledging that the samin was his lauchful and hamehald cattel; Balfour Pract. 523.

2. Legal; as appointed by, or in accordance with, the law; legally valid; according to correct legal procedure. (a) The forsaide Erle sal … conferme the forsaidis … of the landis … in lachful forme; 1405 Maxwell Mem. I. 145.
At that sessyn … was na sessyn lachful bot intrussioun; 1460 Peebles B. Rec. 137.
[The sum] was nocht lachful na sufficiande to pas for payment; 1463 Kennedy Aberd. Ann. II. 472.
To you … I gyf and committis my ful fre lachful playn and vnreuocabul powar in that part; 1464 Fam. Innes 78.
That … the summondis is nocht lachfull nor of avale; 1466 Acta Aud. 5/2.
Ane lachfull dispensation to legittimate the matrimone; 1494 Lennox Mun. 152.
(b) Withoutyn lawchfull processe of law; 1381 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 4.
That na man by ony manner of gudis bot gif he haf tharof lauchful borch of hlmehald; Acts I. 51/2.
Lke soytour in court is … bundyn be the gret athe swthfast dome to gyff and lawchfull at his cunnyng; Ib. 379/2.
Lauchful or evyne pwniscioune May thaim assith be na resone; Ratis R. 1542.
That the parti schew na lauchful compromise nother subscrivit with the clerkis hand nor selit with the parteis selis; 1485–6 Prot. Bk. J. Young (S.R.S.) 9.
Ay and quhil the lauchful entre of the ȝongest dochter; 1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 265/2.
I decerne … all thir iniuris … to be recoverit with iust & lauchful batall; Bell. Livy I. 76/7.
The quhilk wedding wes lauchfull probatioun Of his barnis legitimatioun; Stewart 55589.
That na persoun ly out … wythout thay haif ane lauhfull assonye; 1564 Peebles B. Rec. 297.
Quharin apperis the lauchfull ordination of ministeris? Winȝet I. 15/18.
That this cawtioune prejuge him nocht anent his laughfull defenssis; 1571 Crim. Trials I. ii. 28.
Quhilk band the said erle hes debaited to be lauchfull; 1610 Ib. III. 83.
Ane lauchfull debt and burthene; 1640 Acts V. 310/1.
(c) Be lachtful dome of al the senatouris of Rome; Leg. S. xxxi. 829.
The sade Henry … wes be lauchtfull proces of recognicione accumin to the propirte of the sadis landis; 1501 Dunferm. B. Rec. 118.
That this proclamatioun … may be laughtfull to inflict upoun thame the painis conteyned in Goddis word aganis idolateris; Knox II. 275.
To mak lauchtfull warnyng … at thair paroche kirkis; a 1579 Prot. Bk. W. Douglas MS. 280 b.
Dew and lau[ch]tful varning to compeir; 1593 Elgin Rec. II. 31.
The said sowme of ten thousand marks … for the lauchtfull redemptione, lowsinge and acquitinge off the landis; 1630 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 327.
Whairunto it salbe fund after laughfull tryall that the said Earle hes iust right; 1631 Misc. Spald. C. II. 228.

b. As appointed or fixed by law. Lauchfull time (of day) biddin, see also Bide v. 4 b. Cf. sense 4 b. (1) xviii men … to work … quhyll lawchful cokcraw; 1510 Selkirk B. Ct. fol. 7 a.
Quhill the kokis of nycht crawin at lauchful tym; 1517 Ib. fol. 56 b.
Quhill lauchfull cokraw at iii houris efter myd; 1519 Ib. fol. 75.
The … communitie … hes gude richt … to buy upon lauchfull pryces all sic gudis and geir; 1522 Balfour Pract. 51.
Adamnan … sailled to Hibernia to teich the Erismen thair the lauchfull Eistir; Bisset II. 346/1.
(2) Gif ony burges be challangyt of ony playnt … he sall nocht ansuere withoutyn day and terme lachfull; Acts I. 22/2.
The balyeis ordanit hir to pay the said soum within lauchful day; 1488 Lanark B. Rec. 4.
That he mak thame be callit in lauchfull tyme that thai may haf space to call thair warand; 1496 Acta Conc. II. 5.
He is haldin allanerlie to enter his persoun … at the sute of the persewar befoir the judge within the court, at lauchful day and place assignit thairto; Balfour Pract. 191.
Gif he makis na denunciatioun in lauchtfull tyme and the warrand declair … ane relevant exceptioun [etc.]; Bisset I. 171/19.
(3) He had biddin … in the same place lawchtfull tyme of day; 1572 Prot. Bk. A. Lawson 19 b.
He Wes lauchfullie summond … and comperit nocht lauchfull tyme of day biddin, he being gangand upone the calsay of the said burcht for the tyme; 1575 Fife Sheriff Ct. xcv.

c. Said of money. I oblyse me … to pay … ellewyn markis of vsuale monay and lachful of Scotlande; 1424 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 96.
That the lauchful and trew cunyie may be markit with a crownit thrussill; 1578 Reg. Privy C. III. 17.
Fyve pund of lachfull inglische money; 1627 Edinb. Test. LIV. 60.

3. Of marriage: Valid before the law. Of a spouse: Lawful. Of offspring: Legitimate. Also ellipt. (a) Thai hyme gat in lachful bede; Leg. S. xl. 660.
Wilyame of Levynstoun, … sal hafe Eufame … in lachfull matrimonye, til his spousit wyfe; 1428 Wemyss Chart. 54.
The … barnis … to be als lachfull as the said degres had nocht beyne betwix thame; 1589 Liber Offic. S. Andree 170.
(b) The lawchfull twa Brethire forsuke wyth hym to ga; Wynt. vi. 2104.
Johne, quhilk deit bastard without ony lauchfull ayeris gottin of his body; 1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 248/1.
Johne Duke of Albany … anarlie naturaill and lauchfull sone of vmquhile Alexr.; 1516 Acts II. 283/1.
King Robert marijt Elizabeth, his lemmayn … for affeccioun he had to his barnis, to mak thame lauchfull; Bell. Boece (M) II. 337/34.
Till that lauchfull successioun should be sein of the Quenis body; Knox II. 330.
The quene … quhais lauchfull husband he culd not be nether she his lauchfull wiff; 1568 Hosack Mary Q. of Scots 546.
The said James … is nocht lawchfull bot is bastard; 1570 Canongate Ct. Bk. 139.
Her husband … wes neither deid nor divorced from her; so that her mariage with the Hamiltoun culd not be lawghfull; Gordon Geneal. Hist. 76.
I nominat … my lawchfull schildring to be my only executours; 1668 Edinb. Test. LXXIII. 237.
(c) Ane dochter … gottyne in lauchtful spousage; 1486 Lennox Mun. 127.
Ewyne as schow var his lachtfull veddyt wiff; 1490 Thanes of Cawdor 74.
Androw Dunkesoun, lawchtfull eldest son to Duncan Dunkesoun; 1596 St. A. Baxter Bks. 60.
ellipt. That it be clerely decernit … that scho was nocht his lauchtfull; 1503 Acts II. 243/2.
The narrest lauchtfull of hir blude … salbe maid gouernour of the realme; 1542 Ib. 412/2.

4. a. Lauchful age, eild, at which one becomes legally competent or attains one's legal majority. Quhill the forsayde hayr be at lachfull helde and lachfully sesit in the ilk landys of Balkarne; 1420 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 384.
Oure tenande … awcht of law for defawt of laychfull elde to warde till ws; 1437 Cop. St. A. 156.
Ay and a quhilest ane vther son … cum to lauchful age of mariage; 1465 Buccleuch Mun. II. 66.
The saidis persounis fand the saidis dochteris of lauchful eilde to the landis of Orcheardfelde; 1478 Acta Conc. 19/1.
A lettre of tak … to ryn quhill the Kingis lauchfull age of xv yeris; 1515 Reg. Privy S. I. 402/2.
Makand him Constable of Scotland quhill the Erle of Erolis lauchfull age of xxi ȝeire; 1524 Ib. 492/2.
Quhill passit be [the] rage Of rakles ȝouth and cum till lauchtfull age; Stewart 1594.
Eftir oure soverane ladyis lauchfull and perfite aige of xxxiii [sic] yeiris compleit; 1565–6 Reg. Privy S. V. ii. 70/1.
Oure souerane lord now efter his lawthfull and perfyte age of twentiefyve yeiris compleit [etc.]; 1592 Banff Ann. II. 394.
[The said William is] not of lauchfull age nor forisfamiliat; 1595–6 Reg. Privy C. V. 277.

b. Lauchfull day, time, on or during which it is lawful for courts to be held or judicial action taken. C f. sense 2 b. The dome of qwhilk decrete the forsayde Sir Patrick … deferryt tyl his lauchfulle day next eftir Pas; 1385 3rd Rep. Hist. MSS. 410/2.
At the saidis Jone and Elisabeth sall be handfast, … at the next opin and lachful tyme folowand; 1432 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. viii. 44.
The bailȝeis … of Renfrew, to compeyr before ws … the xiiii day of May nixttocum gif that day be lauchfull, and failȝeing therof the nixt lauchfull day therefthyr folowing; 1493 Reg. Paisley 404.
Vpoun the morne efter the cuming of the saidis iustice deputtis to euery heid burgh of the schire gif the day be lauchfull … thay sall begin and fens thair air; 1587 Acts III. 459/1.

5. Recognized or qualified by law, having right according to law. Espec., lauchfull air (= heir). (1) The quhilkis faleȝand, to the nest and lachful ayris of the forsaid Erle; 1391 Lennox Mun. 43.
At the saide James … is lachful and nerrest ar til … the saide schir Robert, and at he is of lachful age; 1464 Fam. Innes 78.
(b) Alexander Mowat … nerrest & laichfull ayre to Willȝeam of Clyne; 1495 Contract (Mey P.) MS. 13 June.
(c) Of the qwhilkis erldome … Issabell … is verray & lauchfull ayre; 1390 Acts I. 216/2.
He proforit his land and tenement to sell to the nerast of his awn kyn and lawchfull ayris tyll hym; 1477 Peebles B. Rec. 182.
Say that allwais the airis … sal be lauchfule and habile to succeid … , thai beand maile; 1511 Lennox Mun. 194.
Ay and quhill ane lauchfull and rychtuus air be ordourlie intrit thairto; 1550 Reg. Cupar A. II. 67.
Eduard Sinclar … is neirest and lawthfull [sic] air to … his brother; 1610 Rec. Earld. Orkney 186.
(d) Qwhill the forsaid some be me or be my lauchtful ayeris … fullyly was payit; 1422 Stirling Chart. 208.
To serue him as … lauchtfull air; 1557 Prot. Bk. J. Robeson 206 b.
(2) We fande hym possessoure of thaim [lands] lachfull and nocht the said Gilbert; 1442 Stirling Chart. 216.
Thairefter [to] lat thame to brogh to that last lauchfull possessour of thay landis; 1457 Acts II. 47/2.
That na kyndlie lauchfull possessour tennent or occupyer … be removit; 1563 Ib. 540/1.
(3) I am Cristis lauchtfull [L. legitimus] knycht; Leg. S. ii. 217.
The Thane Off Fyfe thowcht … for till bryng Hame wyth hym a lawchfull king; Wynt. vi. 2038.
Gif I war fre, and the Scottis maid my lauchtfull subdittis; Bell. Boece (M) II. 376/26.
Gif ȝe can nothir assuir ws of ȝour lauchfull bischopis … nor ȝit knawis ȝour lauchful Souerane [etc.]; Winȝet I. 122/7.
Shoe is as lawchfull, sen hir father was our native King; Bann. Memor. 139.
Our ministeris … will not pray for thair lauchfull heretrix; Ib. 140.
Thay … thair laughfull prince, thair prisoner, dispesht; Garden Kings 43.
The vnlawghfull taking of a laughfull subiect, and keeping him as a pledge for releif of a condamnit theif; 1623 Melrose P. 537.

b. Appointed or authorized according to law; having legally valid authority and powers. (a) The sayd Wil Mowat mayd his wyf … lachful towtor tyl hys ar; 1457 Peebles B. Rec. 119.
Baith the saidis partis sal compere be thaim self or thare lachful procuratouris; 1488 Paisley B. Rec. 26.
The prouest wes nocht ane lachful prouest within the bruch; 1562 Inverness Rec. I. 76.
Wm Thomsone … hes maid … Kapitane Thomas Ker his verrey lachfull and ondwttit irreuocabill donatur cessionar and assingna; 1584 Prot. Bk. W. Cumming 44.
(b) I require yow … as lauchful actornay to my saide wyfe … that yhe grant [etc.]; 1391 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 163.
Set me ane lauchfull court, I sall compeir; Henr. Fab. 2679.
My verray lauchful vndoutit and vnreuocable baillies of al and sindry my landis; 1482 Chart. (Reg. H.) No. 501.
Seik for ane lauchful mlnister quhilk may pronunce the wordis of absolutioun to thé; Hamilton Cat. 222.
In cais we … dois that thing … quhilk is to be requirit done be ane lauchfull officer in this town; 1554 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 191.
Giue Jhone Knox and ȝe affirmis ȝour selfis lauchful; Winȝet I. 16/7.
Na inferiour subject hes power to depryve or depose their lawchfull magistrat; Bann. Memor. 140.
He being crownit in lauchfull Parliament; 1571 Sat. P. xxvi. 118.
The Erle of Arrane … wes declarit be the estaitis to be lauchfull tutour … to the Quene and realme; Leslie 169.
The infeftment … grantit be our said Soverane Lord as father, tutor, guyder and lawchfull administrator to his hienes darrest sone Charles; 1641 Acts V. (1817) 521/2.
The preicheris and covenanteris … cryit out aganist his Majesteis lauchfull commissioun; Spalding II. 472.
(c) My vera lawchtful and ondoutit assingnay; 1492 Highland P. II. 193.
All and sindry wthir thingis to excers hant ws that to the office of lauchtfull balȝe … is as knawin constitut to perteine; c 1523 Chart. Coupar A. II. 135.
Ihone Campbell … makkis … the said Thomas his lachtfull … donatour … and assigna; 1566 Prot. Bk. D. Gray 37.

c. Possessed of legal rights, legally competent. We haif reabillit the said Alexander to his gude fame … and als hes maid him lauchfull … to exerc all lauchfull dedis in jugement and outwith; 1510 Reg. Privy S. I. 306/2.

6. Law-abiding. The wytnessing of xii men lawchfull, lell and suffycyande burges; Acts I. 356/2.
He wes in justice rycht lawchfull, And till hys legis all awfull; Wynt. vi. 1894.
As ane lauchfull man my laidis to leid, That leifis with mekle lawtie and laubour in fay; Rauf C. 508.
Lufe is tressonable: Nocht lauchfull, but scho is lamentable; Rolland Ct. Venus i. 581.
The keyis of court ar … 7. Ane assise of honest and lauchful men; Balfour Pract. 273.
The Estaitis … had nevir ony purpois … that the said act sould ressave executioun aganis honnest, lauchfull, and trew personis; 1609 Reg. Privy C. VIII. 372.

7. quasi-adv. = Lawfully, Lauchfully. (1) The Pape Alysandyr … renewyd … Thare custwmys, and thare awawntage, That thai had lawchfull [W. lauchfully] befor thai dayis; Wynt. vii. 1771.
(2) The bref aucht to proced and be seruit be caus it wes lawchtfull resit and proclamit to the said day; 1491 Dunferm. B. Rec. 34.
That he may hayf a lettir of permit that he sall hayf the samyn agane with all profetis als lachfull as it may be gewyn; 1517 Acta Conc. Public Aff. 89.
He was lauchful chargit at the instans of John Malvyll; 1564 Dysart Rec. 19.
(3) His sone and nerrest apperand ayre lachtfull gottyn; 1523 Fam. Rose 199.
Margreit Gordowne, lauchfull begottin doichtir of … Johne Gordowne; 1593 Sutherland Chart. 175.

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