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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Mach, n.2 Also: mache, macht, magh. [Var. of Maich or of Mauch n.1] A male connection by marriage.a. A son-in-law. b. A brother-in-law.a. 1513 Doug. vii. i. 165 (Sm.).
To be thi mach sall cum a alyenar
Ib. v. 81 (Sm.).
Lat the eild fader and magh knyt wp frendschip
Ib. vi. 62.b. a1400 Leg. S. xxi. 31.
Hyre mach
Ib. xliii. 214, 8.
My mach(e

c. Unascertained instances: a1400 Leg. S. vi. 596.
The kynge at the consell Of his macht [L. cognatus]
1497 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 60.
Androw Murray … and Johne Litstar his mache
1500 Reg. Privy S. I. 83/2.
George Armstrang, Hectouris bruther, Wilȝam Elwald his mach

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