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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Magistracie, n. Also: -tracy(e, -cé, -trasie, maistracie. [e.m.E. magistracie, maiestracie (1577).]

1. The office or dignityof a magistrate or magistrates. a. Of the provost and baillies of a burgh. 1593 St. A. Kirk S. 759.
Becaus the contentioun is presentlie in Edinburgh for the magistrace
1608 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 106.
In lyittes to any plaice of magistracye
1609 Acts IV. 435/2.
That na man sall … be capable of provestrie or magistracie within ony burgh … bot [etc.]
1639 Dunferm. B. Rec. II. 213.
Thereby contemning maistracie contraire to ane burgess oathe
1666 Rothesay B. Rec. 123.
Many laudabill lawes … for menteining the honor and authoritie of magistracie
1672 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 130.
Only merchands … [are] to be … elected to the offices of magistracie within burgh
1673 Ib. 141. 1682 Kirkcudbright B. Rec. MS. 13 Dec.

b. Of any civil executive of the law. 1606 Reg. Privy C. VII. 181.
Gentlemen of power bearing ony office of magistracy to landwart

2. The magistrates (of a burgh) collectively. 1683 Edinb. B. Rec. XI. 82.
To bear any office in the magistrasie

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