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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).

Luving, Loving, ppl. a. Also: low-, luiv-, loov-, loow- and -(e)in(ge, -yng(e, -eng(e. [ME. lovyng (1320), early louende (a 1240), OE. lufiende; pres. p. of Luve v.1 Cf. Luvand and Lufing.] Loving, friendly, well-disposed, in the senses of Lufing ppl. a.(1) a1500 Colk. Sow i. 142.
[Dogs] ar luving to men Bot nocht to thame self than
1580 Fam. Innes 139.
Sick utheris as thai mycht procuire therto of thair best lowing freindis
1590 Edinb. Test. XXI. 314 b.
The said Margaret … ordanes hir lowing and effectionit sister … hir onlie executrix
1609 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI 179.
Ȝour maiestie, … as ane loowyng father
1624 Brechin Test. IV. 170.
My lowein freindis Johne Ȝeaman, … Dauid & George Ȝeamanis
1649 Wemyss Chart. 232.
As from the louingist dochtir euer faither haid
transf. 1621-40 Melville Commonpl. Bk. 56.
No schaip to pleis ane loowin ei
(2) 1528 Douglas Corr. 17.
[Letter subscribed:] Ȝour lovynge brothere and nepho
1576 Ib. 204.
To … my verie loveng freinde
c 1580 Q. Mary in 12th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. viii. 9.
Your loouing and asured good cusignes and frind
1581 Wemyss Corr. 76.
Your lowing and assurd brother
1590 Reg. Morton I. 168.
Ȝour maist lowing sone
1595 Melville Chart. 142. c 1608 Elphinstone Fam. Bk. 181. 1614 Highland P. III. 161. 1618 Maxwell Mem. II. 196. 1618 Sutherland Bk. II. 137. 1619 Ib. 139, etc. 1630 Maxwell Mem. II. 210.
To the right honorable my luiveing brother
1653 Hossack Kirkwall 254.
Louing sone, Yours … I resaivit
1676 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 243.
Lowing sir, This berer informes me [etc.]
(3) c 1510 James IV in Facs. Nat. MSS. III. ix.
Derrest broder and cousyng we haue ressauit your lovyng lettiris
c1520-c1535 Nisbet I. .
The lowynge mercy of God opinly set fortht in the parabile
1526 Douglas Corr. 115.
The luving gude mynde and respect ȝe have to my soverane
a1578 Pitsc. I. 193/3.
He gave lowein thankis vnto the Lord his God on this maner
1603 Reg. Privy C. VI. 553.
[To] steir up … in the hartis of all … Scottis suhjectis … ane loveing and kyndlie dispositioun
c 1610 Breadalbane Lett. (Reg. H.).
My lowing efauld cunsell was that the laird sowld abeine sateffeit
1614 Lag Chart. 36.
In regard of his loveing kyndnes
1625 Garden Kings 8.
Yit laughful wes, and loving his desire
1630 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 321.
Swa ceasing for the present, my maist lowing dewtie dewlie remembered, [etc.]

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