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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).

Leger, Legier, -eir, Leiger, Leidger, Lieger, Leager, Leaguer, -our, n. and a. (e.m.E. lig(i)er, ledger, legier, leiger, lieger etc., a resident ambassador, resident (ambassador).) —(1) 1583–4 Cal. Sc. P. VII. 48.
Pleis your honour send the inclosit … to your legeir in France
1592 Warrender P. (S.H.S.) II. 174.
Forreyn princes leagouris
1594 Cal. Sc. P. XI. 436.
[I acquaint your] leger [with all my proceedings herein]
1622–3 Mar & Kellie MSS. Suppl. 51.
Leger for the Artcheduke
1637 Baillie I. 42.
Our legers at Edinburgh
a1639 Spotsw. Hist. 351.
Mr Archibald Douglas that stayed as lieger in England
Ib. 393.
Sir Robert Bowes residing still as legier
1657 Balfour Ann. I. 325.
Throgmortone, the leidger then of England in France
1659 Belhevius Redivivus in Fugitive Poetry II. xxix.
Or are you from the dead a leiger sent
(2) a1639 Spotsw. Hist. (1677) 177.
Nicholas Throgmorton, the Ambassador legier of England
1630-1651 Gordon Geneal. Hist. 171.
Then leaguer ambassador in France from Scotland
Ib. 220. Ib. 453.
The Spanish leager ambasadour
1657 Balfour Ann. II. 39.
[They] desyres … his Majesty … to wreat to his leiger ambassador in France

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