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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).

Liferentrix, n. Also: lyf(e)-, lyve- . Plur. life-, lyfrentrices, -trixes. [Formed f. Liferentar, on the pattern of Executrix, Heretrix, Legatrix.] A female liferenter.(a) 1617 Orkney Bp. Ct. 17 b.
At the instance of Jonet Patersoune, relict of vmquhill James Maill quha wes heretabill vddaller of the landis vnderwritten, lyfrentrix thairof
c1650 Spalding II. 91.
The lordschip of the Engȝie had the lady dovager hir to be lifrentrix thairof
1654 Glasg. Univ. Mun. I. 327.
Easter Wallace, lyfrentrix of Wigugarn
1665 Decis. Lords G. 117.
She … twice sett tacks thereof to the tenents as liferentrix of the same
1678 Fountainhall Decis. I. 6.
Yet I hear that this session the lords found a liferentrix might cut trees for necessary uses
1692 Dunkeld Presb. I. 298.
Catherine Reid and Mr Alexander Balneaves … set to him [John Oliphant] the liferent lands of Carpo for the life of the liferentrix
1696 Galloway P. 10 Mar.
plur. 1659 Glasg. Univ. Mun. I. 364.
Kyps, 20s. land. Newlands heritrix, Jennett Thomsone and Jean Crawfurde lyfrentrices
Ib. 367.
1671 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. III. 279.
There being two liferentrices, viz. the mother and the grandmother
1681 Echt-Forbes Chart. 160.
The house and manerplace … are both … lyfrented be severall lyfrentrixes
(b) 1640 Grant Chart. 231.
Deame Marie Ogilwye, lyverentrix off the lordschip and baronie off Wrquhart
1692 Sc. N. & Q. 2 Ser. II. 92.

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