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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Magister, n. [L.] = Maister n. in various senses (incl. 16 a, 17 b, 21 a). — 1459 Liber Aberbr. iii.
The signet of … magister Thomas Dekysoun
a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 368.
Dochter, & ever thow marie any, mary ane long hained magister
1632 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 14.
Maisteris John Hammiltoun and James Alderstoun, magisteris of the grammer schole
1661 Ray Remains 203.]
[(In Glasgow are) about 40 students of the first year, which they call obedients … and the fourth, whom they call laureat or magisters

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"Magister n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 25 Sep 2022 <>



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