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Maister, Master, n. Also: -ere, -ir, -yr(e, -ur, -ar(e, -re, mayst(e)r, -ir, -yr, maiester, mastier, measter, mester, meister, -eir; and Mister. [ME. maȝȝstre (Orm), maister, mayster, -tre, meister, -tre (12–13th c.), e.m.E. master, OE. mæᵹester, maᵹister, OF. maistre, both f. L. magister, -trum. Cf. also Mes.] Commonly abbreviated as mr. and m. In the possessive, with or without the inflection (like fader etc.). Recorded from the early 14th c. in the place-name Maysterton, Maistertoun etc. (Reg. Neubotle 4, 41, etc.).

1. A man who wields authority or dominion; a person's sovereign, lord, chief, captain, leader, superior; the ruler of a territory. See, for further examples, Lord n. 3 (2). (1) To fecht for thare maisteris [F. seignor] saik; Alex. ii. 4291.
In schippis … men makis ay ane patroun and maister our the lave to governe … all the membris of the schip; Hay I. 67/14.
A kingis provost may have na mare power na has his maister; Ib. 110/14.
Heir I mak yow of myne maister of myght; Gol. & Gaw. 187.
Latt ws … caflis cast quha sall our master be; Wall. vii. 378.
To … my … wele belovit maister David Sinclare fold of Ȝetland; 1488 Rec. Earld. Orkney 332.
And attour I … dischargis my said maistiris … of all sowmys … that I clamyt thaim of; 1499 Liber Aberbr. II. 324.
In euerilk hous of Yngland thare was put ane Dene to be mastere; Asl. MS. I. 199/7.
That ane of thaim [Druids], as bischop and maister, sall have jurisdictioun above the laif; Bell. Boece I. 54.
Buch. Detect. 107.
1569 Thanes of Cawdor 176.
Inducing subiectis to oppres and dounthrau thair maisters; Burne Disput. 43 b.
1581 Acts III. 218/1.
Fowler II. 76/6.
Dalr. I. 104/15.
As maister, landislord or cheiff to Johnne, James and Williame Johnnestonis; 1596 Crim. Trials I. ii. 355.
[To] luik gif … he [the judge] be … of kin … to the pairtie or maister to him; Bisset I. 293/11.
The King my maisters frienship; c 1630 Bk. Carlaverock II. 123.
(b) To his belowit master in the lord Jesus my lord off Barnbarache; 1582 Waus Corr. 258.
Masteris and sustenaris of thevis; 1594 Acts IV. 71/2.
Our grasious mastier; 1667 Laing MSS. I. 363.
(c) John Erle of Mortoun my gud cheif and mr.; 1590 Edinb. Test. XXI. 304.
(2) Grit Lucifer, maister of hell; Pedder C. 35.
G. Ball. 175.
That he … mycht with tim mak himself maister of the haill; Melville Mem. 43.

2. A prince, magnate, great man, man of rank. Othir syndry ȝeid thame by As thai war masteris [E. maistrys] ydilly; Barb. iv. 411.
Gif a bataill war sett and thare war mony maisteris and princis governand bot gif thai obey all till a hede [etc.]; Hay I. 210/33.
A gret consell … Into Glaskow quhar mony maistris mett; Wall. iv. 11.
The lerit sone of erll or lord … is maister natiwe borne; Dunb. lx. 45.
Quhar the takaris or apprehendaris ar maisteris of pover quharthrow the said rebell … may nocht evaide; 1512 Crim. Trials I. i. 80.
Monie grit maistres and barrounes; Clar. v. 2118.
That na persoun … mak ony complent to ony out toun maister; c 1580 Dumfr. & Gall. Soc. XVII. 95.

3. The male head of a family or household. See also Maistres n. 2. Everie maister of houshald … to instruct … his … familie [etc.]; Knox II. 241.
1595 St. A. Kirk S. 811.
That ilk master of familie be countable for the induellers in ther landis; 1635 Elgin Rec. II. 230.
1678 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. MS. 31 July.

4. An animal's master or owner. Saidlys thai teym off hors bot maistris thar; Wall. viii. 213.
Doug. x. xiv. 93.
The asse has knawin the mangier of his maister; Hamilton Cat. 24.
Rolland Seven S. 1917.

5. A man who employs another in his service; a workman or other employee's (male) employer, a servant's, apprentice's or slave's master. See, for some further examples, Hussy n. 2 and Lord n. 1 (2). Also Hure-maister n. and task-maister. The schirref sall assigne xl dais to sic ydil men to get thaim masteris; 1425 Acts II. 11/2.
Qwhen the schip is brokyn the maystyr may nocht sel the tacle of the schip bot gyf he haf … commandment of hys maystyrys; Ship Laws c. 21 (B).
Quhen a seruand … is richit throw falsat of his mastir lell-wone gud; Wisd. Sol. (S.T.S.) 267.
Gif ony prenteis … passis away fra his maister; 1473 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 27.
To serve and leif in beggartie To man and maistir is baith schame; Dunb. xv. 19.
The said Jhone Champnaye … to work ii dosone of skennes to his masteris utilite; 1516 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 39.
Ilk maister to fe thir servandis yeirlie at Yule; 1525 Reg. Great S. 97/2.
That the towne sall be thair masteris and thai to ansuer to the towne; 1531 Haddington B. Rec. (Robb) 23 Feb.
Stewart 5802.
1551 Elgin Rec. I. 108.
1570 Sat. P. xxiv. 96.
1572 Reg. Privy C. II. 133.
Quha evere of payd seruandis … that feis thame selfis with doubill maisters; 1576 Breadalbane Ct. Bk. 19 b.
Sik man, sik maister, as is said; 1581 Sat. P. xliv. 33.
Ferg. Prov. 3 b.
Skene Reg. Maj. Table s.v.
Ib. i. 24 b.
Carmichael Prov. Nos. 101, 149, 889, 1405, etc.
[The wives of the hinds] are also to be assisting with their husbands in winning their masters hay and peats; 1656 Edinb. Justices Peace 406.
fig. The deuill quha is the maister of pryde; Pitsc. I. 88. n. 1.

6. The landlord of a tenant; also, a feudal superior, overlord. Ony personys hawand takkis … of the Kingis grace or of any utheris thair lordis and maistiris; 1514 Laing MSS. I. 6.
Anent tenandre that tenandes suld warn thair maister fourtye dais or the term … and sic lyk the maister suld warn the tenand xlti dais; 1525 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 76.
To grant to him ane assedatioun of new of the samyn as thai that ar his maysteris and superiouris; 1561 Inverness Rec. I. 70.
To renunce him thair kyndlie maister; 1575 Reg. Privy C. II. 464.
Gif ony man … beis unlawit … because the said superiour … enterit not ane suit … he sould be releivit … of the said over-lord and maister forsaid; Balfour Pract. 276.
The maister settar of the hous; 1586 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I. 207.
Skene Verb. S. s.v. Averia.
Ib. s.v. Canum.
The maisteris of tenentis; 1600 St. A. Kirk S. 936.
Of maisters dewty to Patrik Carsen in Kirkcudbright of ferme crop 1641 [etc.]; 1642 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct.) 24 March.
1649 Acts VI. ii. 465/1.
Decerned to pay [etc.], … verified by the mestres executioun; 1657 Stitchill Baron Ct. 9.
Indew … to … my maiester; 1671 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct.) 25 July.
1671 Inverness Presb. 10.
There is no difference whether he be a master or a farmer; Stair Inst. ii. iii. § 80.
All masters, whether heretors, lyfe renters [etc.]; 1686 Stitchill Baron Ct. 101.
[Tenants to] inact themselves in thair maister court books; 1686 Misc. Spald. C. V. 234.
To releive his meisters off all teind … payeable furth of the saids lands; 1688 Galloway P.

7. A proprietor of lands, a fishery, a business or the like. Espec. maister of the gr(o)und (see also Grund n. 2 c), = landlord. (1) [That] na mastyris of vatteris or haweand takkis of the vatteris tak vpon hand to by thair fyscharis met fysches, bot [etc.]; 1561 Inverness Rec. I. 61.
The best aucht … suld be given to his landis-lorde or maister of the said land; Skene Verb. S. (1599) s.v. Herreȝelda.
Maisteris of baikhousis till informe thair servandis instantlie of this present act; 1598 St. A. Baxter Bks. 63.
He … chargeit the maisteris and lax fisheris of Die and Done; Spalding II. 25.
A petition … for themselves and … their partners, maisters of the tuo suggarworks; 1681 Glasgow Chart. II. 214.
The dam masters upon Don had contraveined the Acts of Parliament; 1684 Lauder Notices Affairs 529.
(2) Maistir of the ground; Dalr. I. 26/22.
To Thomas Greig maister of ground for the fies of ane heuk in haruest; 1611 Brechin Test. II. 165.
The master of the ground should be preferrd to all wther creditors; Hope Major Pract. I. 118.
1635 Grant Chart. 340.
1672 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct.) 1 Mar., 3 July.
1685 Ib. (Reg. H.) 24 July.

8. The holder of a document. How suld thai be callit sauf condytis bot gif thai condyte thair maisteris saufly and surely? Hay I. 178/6.
A man is ever presumed to be master and keeper of his owen evident; Hope Major Pract. II. 272.

9. a. Predicatively, without article or possessive, in various of the above senses (but applied to either sex, and fig. to things). (To be etc.) maister, (to have) the mastery, control or management, (be) in charge, (wield or assume) authority or dominion (of or over someone or something). In till oure land, he … made hym maystyr, lord and syre; Wynt. viii. 2427.
Bot quha mycht be maistry … be lord and maister [etc.]; Hay I. 69/2.
Quhat privilege … may a symple capitane geve till a grete lord to pas our the realme of Fraunce quhare he is na maister; Ib. 181/35.
A knycht may … be maister of himself and ourcum all vicis; Ib. II. 58/29.
Ib. 152/27.
Ib. 164/8.
And euer be mastyr of thi twnge; Consail Wys Man 191.
Quhilk of ws be maister of vther ma; Alex. (Taym.) 821.
Henr. Fab. 939.
Quhar that stayne is, Scottis suld mastir be; Wall. i. 131.
He saw his enemys maistris in this regioune; Ib. iii. 441.
Doug. xi. Prol. 89.
Ib. xiii. ii. 62.
The said Willyame … salbe maistir in his awune house; 1513 Rep. Hist. MSS., Varr. Coll. V. 27.
Bell. Boece I. 96/27.
Jok, will thow be maistir of wark; Wyf Awcht. 41.
The said Jonot to be maister of hyr awyn landis; 1555 Prot. Bk. Sir W. Corbet 22.
Pitsc. I. 124/33.
It is na meruel that God … sufferis thair idiot inferioris … to be maisteris ouer thame; 1581 Burne in Cath. Tr. 145/26.
(The goodwife); 1583 Edinb. Test. XII. 224,
1584 Ib. XIII. 195.
Katharine Jamesoun my spous … to be maister and commander induring hir liftyme; 1585 Ib. XIV. 246 b.
The pirat beand ains maister of the schip; Welwod 69.
1616 Reg. Privy C. X. 656.
Upon which they may be master of the key of the said utter gait; 1680 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 412.
fig. The will of the Fader that is in me salbe maister; Hay I. 19/33.
Thar cowatys was our gret maystir seyn; Wall. xi. 833.
Lat nevir thy penny be … mastir of thé; Colk. Sow ii. 226.

b. Mare maister, one of greater authority or dominion. Passing into adj., (a) more powerful (person). c. Maste maister, also, principale maister, the person of greatest authority, the most powerful, the leader or head. b. It is nocht to a man to strif agane mar mastir than hymeself in iugment; Wisd. Sol. (S.T.S.) 304.
The goddis ar mair maister than the king; Alex. (Taym.) 36.
c. I come … Trowand … That thu the maste master [L. majorem et potentiorem] had bene Bot now, me think, the dewil mare Master is thane thu; Leg. S. xix. 90, 92.
The indifferentis will yeld to the maist maisters; 1570 Warrender P. I. 81.
Under a claus of generalitee may nocht be na grettare persouns contenyt na the principale maister [F. le cheualier] to quham the sauf condyt is grauntit; Hay I. 181/1.

10. The seaman placed in command of a ship and its crew; the master, skipper, captain. Also, one qualified for command of a ship. In a warship, the first officer responsible for the navigation, there being also a capitane in charge of the operations of warfare. Also maister-skiper and Schip-maister n. (a) The maistere gert the steris-man To the left hand stere hym thane; Leg. S. xxxviii. 623.
Ship Laws (Bute MS., Adv. MS. 25. 4. 15, Harl. MS. 4700) passim.
Off the makin of a mane maistir of a schip; Harl. MS. 4700 fol. 148 b.
The said merchandis and maister; 1444 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 12.
The maister; 1466 Acts II. 87/1.
1497 Acta Conc. II. 93.
[He] had ane schip callit the Bark of Liddale of the Kingis hienes and was maister under God til hir; 1500 Ib. 470.
1509 Reg. Privy S. I. 283/2.
Palynurus, the maister, gave a cry From the eft castell heich; Doug. v. i. 22.
With the consent and assent of the maisteris and skipperis of Leyth; 1525 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 221.
1533–4 Ib. II. 66.
1535–6 Reg. Privy S. II. 303/1, etc.;
1555 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 227.
1541 Treas. Acc. VII. 483.
Compl. 40/12, etc.
Walter Richardsoun capitane of the schip callit the Marie An, Thomas Wilsoun skippar and maister therof; 1557 Admir. Ct. Bk. (ed.) 15;
Ib. 22, 74, etc.
1562–3 Treas. Acc. XI. 242.
1569 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 263.
In the schippis quhairof Robert Ramsay and Johnne Pedell war skipparis and maisteris; 1579 Reg. Privy C. III. 136.
1586 Conv. Burghs I. 219.
That maister that is he quhom to the hail cure of the ship is committit; Welwod 53; etc.
1596 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 165.
That na man … sall tak the chairge of ane schip as to gif him furth for maister or pylott vnles he be first tryet be foure speciall maisters; 1602 Conv. Burghs II. 145.
Bisset II. 220/16, 221/15, 235/9, 257/18, etc.
1638 Dumbarton B. Rec. 56.
1649 Brechin Presb. 7.
G. Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 72.
(2) Schir Androw Wode … was quarter maister of hir [the Great Michael], and Robene of Bartane was maister skiper of hir; Pitsc. I. 252/14.
(b) The mastyre; Wynt. vi. 939.
The master; 1456 Perth Guildry 18.
The masteris and governouris of the saidis botis; 1471 Edinb. Chart. 134.
Compl. 40/7, etc.
Stair Inst. i. xii. 18.

11. The manager, whether as proprietor, tacksman or merely employee, of a bakery, mill, coal-works etc. Also cole-maister, Cole n.1 4 and salt-maister. Nane sal hafe in his ovyn ma servandis na iiii the maystyr and twa servandis & aknafe; Burgh Laws c. 71 (B).
James Broun and Patrik Walker, maisteris of the said James his baikhous; 1627 St. A. Baxter Bks. 87.
Som contraversie fell out betwixt the maister of the mill and her concerning mill dutie; 1650 Brechin Presb. 41.
William Lundy at that tyme measter of the mille; 1662 Lamont Diary 143.
[Boring] leaves the master at an uncertainty (notwithstanding the coal has been found) … as to its nature and thickness; Sinclair Hydrostaticks 295.
19 load show coills maisters parte; 1673 Dunferm. Coal Acc. 21 a.
1674 Sheriffhall Coal Acc. 7 Feb.
Coall compt 3 Februarij 1677 … Mesters pairt 30: 18: 0; uncost 37: 07: 4; supersp. 06: 09: 4; 1677 Fawside Coal Compt 15.
1679 Torry Coal & Salt Wks. 3 a.

12. In the titles of offices. a. The head of a society, religious order, institution or the like. Also grete maister, Grand Master (of an order of chivalry). Alsua the master of the Tempil & the chef priour of Irusaleme be thaim self ar resavyt; Reg. Maj. c. 123.
The maister of Sanctantonis; 1482–3 Acta Conc. II. civ.
The maister of the Almous hous; 1509 Glasg. Univ. Mun. I. 44.
To be maister of the girth; 1533–4 Acta Conc. Public Aff. 414.
Libripens, a maister of wey-hows; Duncan App. Etym.
The said maister of the Consergerie; 1613 Conv. Burghs II. 428.
To the maisteris of the correctioun hous; 1641 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 272.
The gret master of Saint Jak; Barb. xx. 403.
Scho went in sped To the gret maister of the knychtede; Leg. S. xxix. 801.
The Dolphin and the grete maister … was reddy to depart … to the veris; 1541 Sc. Hist. Rev. VI. 155.

b. In the designations of various governmental and other officials and of heads of departments of the royal and other households. Also attrib. in mastir-stede (in Ettrick Forest). Also, maister (of the) ale-sellar, artilȝery, cunȝe(-hous), garderobe (wardrobe), houshald, lardener, (Kingis) luge, ordnance, requests, revels, stabill, veschell etc., and maister (of) (the) brigwark, kirk-wark, and wark, werkis: see the latter nouns. (1) Duncane Kyd, maister of the almery, Willȝeam Bonare, chaumerlane, Willȝeam of Kynmonth, maister of the werk; 1439 Cop. St. A. 177.
That Jamis Charteris the den of the gilde sall be master of the per; 1458 Perth Guildry 33.
Chargeit … be us, our thesaurer or maiester of our money; 1509 Reg. Privy S. I. 280/1.
Principale maister kepar and rewlar of all and sindry oure soverane lordis hingaris and tapessery within his realme; 1542 Ib. II. 718/2.
Makand him maister and keipar of all the Duche stude meris within the realme; 1542–3 Ib. III. 19/1.
That the maister of the Kingis hous sall have for his fie fourtie pundis, … The pantriman … ten pundis, … The maister of the lardner … five pundis; Balfour Pract. 15.
Makis … William Littill thair master of the buriale place and yairdis thairof, to se the sam … kepit and ordorit; 1581 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 203.
As the maysteris of the cotis and testamentis … will testefye; 1584 Waus Corr. 296.
Francis Galbeirt, maister in the pantrie [etc.]; 1588 Exch. R. XXI. 367.
The maister of his hienes palice, and portair of the same, and all thair deputis; 1593 Crim. Trials I. ii. 299.
Heigh thesaurer of Scotland, great maister of the minerals there; Craig iii. 3.
Clarke of our justiciarie generall [and] maistir of the ceremoneis at the creatioune of all earles [etc.]; 1623 Hume Comment. Crimes (1844) II. 16.
The maister [of the mint] … does receave the haill bullion; 1641 Cochran-Patrick Coinage I. xxx.
To goe speak my lord of Murray as maister of the teinds for provisione … to a reidare; 1641 Cramond Ch. Birnie 13.
Neyther let the clerk … wreat upon it but when the three maisters of the keys shall be present; 1670 Murray Lyon Hist. Lodge Edinb. 426.
The act … constituting masters of the game; 1682 Lauder Notices Affairs 360.
(2) The admirall and maister of ablestre; Alex. (Taym.) 915.
Ane lettre to Patrick Sinclare … makand him maister of hunting to the King; 1526–7 Reg. Privy S. I. 550/2.
Our maister of armis, Lyoun; 1528 St. P. Henry VIII IV. 515 in Lynd. (S.T.S.) IV. 252.
Eftir that he had causit the maister of chevelrie to depone his office; Bell. Livy II. 99/31.
Andro Hammiltoun, maister of entre; 1544–5 Treas. Acc. VIII. 342.
William Murray, maister of carriag; 1588 Exch. R. XXI. 363.
For payment to the maister of mortified moneys of this burghe; 1645 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 49.
The master of mortificatiouns; 1655 Ib. 160;
1676 Aberd. Council Lett. VI. 27.
Thomas Merser, present master of impost and shor; 1657 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 167.
(3) The prebend of the maister hospitale in the Trinite College; 1493 Acta Conc. I. 315/1.
The m. hospitall; 1577 Perth Kirk S. MS. 2 b.
With ane dean of gild, thesaurer and ane maister hospitall; 1668 Conv. Burghs III. 606.
The hospitall maister; 1613 Dundee B. Laws 57.
The maister or maisteris of the hospital or almishous of this burcht; 1569 Dundee Chart. 42.
William Lytill and Jhonne Harwod ar chosin maisterris of the hospitale quhill Mychaelmes nixt; 1578 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 63;
1591 Ib. V. 54; etc.;
1590–1 Reg. Privy C. IV. 591;
1599 St. A. Kirk S. 907;
1628 Stirling B. Rec. I. 162;
1649 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 182.
1676 Aberd. Council Lett. VI. 46.
(4) jc estland burdis ressavit be the master werk; 1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 444.
1560 Ib. XI. 22.
1617 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II. 33, 81.
The offices of chalmerlanerie and maistir ischearis; 1565 Reg. Privy C. I. 347.
The said office of maistir gunnarschip; Ib. 396.
(5) Twa forestar stedis … lyand betwix the mastirstede [L. locum vocatum le maisterstede] and the courrourstede off the ward off the Yharow; 1423 (1426) Reg. Great S. 11/2.

c. The title of an elected officer or member of the governing body of certain crafts and merchant guilds. We … grantis to the forsaidis merchandis brethir of gildry and thair successouris power now at the begynning of the said fraternite to cheis ane maister of faculte, certain officiaris and counsalouris as thai think … expedient; 1518 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 182.
The maisteris of the Hally Blude and siclik the maister of Sanct Anthonis; 1560 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 79.
Andrew Nelsons, master, and Thomas Nelsone, varden of the sed lodge of Saint Androis; c 1628 E. S. Lawrie Lodge Glasgow St. John No. 3 bis (1927) 30.
The haill body of the fleshour trade … did elect & choyse Thomas Forsyth deacon, Thomas Goldie treasurer, [six persons] masters & James Dowglas officer; 1659 Dumfries Fleshers 30 Sept.

d. As the second element of a compound. As box-, borrow- (burrow-), essay-, jadge-, key-, kirk-, purs-, quarter-maister etc., q.v. under the first elements. To the hivin mester 2 li.; Skipper's Acc. (Smettone) 23.

13. Used attrib. or as adj. = Chief, head, principal, leading. a. With the designation of an officer or of a workman (cf. 15). Denoting a senior official of the sort in question or an officer or workman in charge of the others so designated, whether as their employer or their foreman. See also, for further examples, Almosar, Armourer, Assayour, Baxter, Burreau, Cannonar, Can(n)oner, Carvour, Catour, Changeour, Clippar, Colȝear, Cuke, Cunȝear, Cunȝeour, Elemosinar, Fleschar(e, Gunnar, Isch(e)ar(e, Huntar, Juellar, Kervour, Kuke, Lardener, Masoun, Meltar, Sayar, Stabillar, Sewar, Usher, etc. His maister chalmerlane was he; Alex. i. 588.
Master forstar of al our wuddis; 1473 Reg. Cupar A. I. 198.
That thair maister masoun and the laif of his collegis and seruandis of thair kirk wark … keip thair seruice; 1491 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 61.
In Dunbertane, to the maister schipwricht, [42 s.] Item, to the calfataris and the laif of the werkmen [48 s.]; 1507 Treas. Acc. III. 401.
To Sebald Northtberge, maister finour [at Crawford Muir]; 1511–12 Ib. IV. 274.
To Robert Borthwik, gunnar, maister meltare of the Kingis gunnis, for him self and vj men his servandis; 1512–13 Ib. 442.
Makand him maister wax maker to the King; 1526–7 Reg. Privy S. I. 546/1.
Maister elmusar; 1531 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 56.
The maister wardane, maister sayar and maister sinckar now broukand the officis thairof; 1546–7 Reg. Privy S. III. 348/1.
Oure soverane ladeis maister smyth within the castell of Dunbar; 1561 Ib. V. i. 197/2.
Jhonne Forrest … [elected] maister clenger of the folkis mendit of the pest; 1574 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 30.
His majesteis maister houshalderis; 1581–2 Reg. Privy C. III. 453.
James Murray younger mr oversear and attendar on all his majesties warkis … in Scotland; 1607 Macgibbon & Ross V. 548.
Candle to the Mr. fynner that nycht he fyned the siluer; 1609 Hilderstoun Silver Mines I. 171.
Onlie the maister miller, the vndermiller and ane servant; 1625 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 563.
Lord Lewis … had his master burner with him, who uppon a sign given him would instantly set fire to the cornstacks; Fraser Polichron. 313.

b. With other designations of persons and animals. (1) A bule … One the maister thef ruschit; Leg. S. xl. 450.
Alex. i. 3279.
The nobill lyoun … with his pow the maister mous he tuke; Henr. Fab. 1418 (Bass.).
I mene the maister mair, The prouest; Burel Queen's Entry 14.
(2) That scho ourcumyne had The maister feynd; Leg. S. xxviii. 502.
Quhat maister feind neids all this hoist? Lynd. Sat. 1322.
I suspect that ȝour successour sal be the master deuyl; Compl. 134/30.
The maister deuell mot scald thea.; Rolland Seven S. 4020.

c. Applied to things, = main, principal, chief. Richt to the maister renk [F. les mestres rens] he raid; Alex. i. 2671.
The kingis knichtis … Ar cummin richt to the maister tour [F. la maistre tour]; Ib. ii. 3596.
Ib. 38.
Thair maister citee was als mekle as Rome or as Cartage; Hay I. 47/8.
Amyd the cite we held the master streit; Doug. ii. vi. 115.
Be that in twa the master bar ilk deill Is al tofruschit; Ib. viii. 74.
It is the cheif maister sennoun to knit althe membres; Hamilton Facile Tr. 185.
The juglour cuist in the sey … one litle rid stane … quhilk was … termit to him to be the maister ston; Trial Isobel Inch 13.
The Lord made him the masterstone of power; 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1891) 413.
The … master-beams of religion being faith, hope and charity; 1638 Drummond Wks. (1711) 170.
The heid and reverse maister puncheons of the croun piece; 1691 Cochran-Patrick Coinage II. 238.

14. A skilled tradesman, qualified to carry on trade on his own account, to employ others and to train apprentices. Also pas-, past-, passit-maister, qq.v. Normally also one who has been admitted to the freedom of his craft. Ambiguity or merging with sense 5 also occurs. Thai mak tham [skinners] maisteris or thai can the craft, in grete skaithing of … the peple; Acts I. 336/2.
That al vnfre hammirmen … cum to the masteris of the saidis craftis or he be maid maister to be examit gif he be worthi tharto; 1483 Edinb. Hammermen's Seal of Cause.
1500 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 82.
1510 Ib. 128.
1516 Murray Early B. Organ. I. 361.
1517 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 171.
Ilk bonetmakar wyrkand at thar awin hand as ane maister sall pay [etc.]; 1520 Ib. 200.
1525 (1527) Reg. Great S. 97/1.
1531 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 54, 55.
1548 St. A. Baxter Bks. 3.
The aith gevin be euerie hammerma[n] befoir he be admittit … in maister and freman of his craft; 1569 Edinb. Hammermen II. 2.
1573 Edinb. Skinners in
Bk. O. Edinb. C. VI. 60, 61.
Gif ony prenteis desyris to becum maister at the ischa off his prentischip; 1587 Dundee B. Laws 480.
That na maister ressaue … ane vther maisteris prenteis or servand that salhappin to ryn away fra his maisteris seruice; 1598 Edinb. Masons 4.
1607 Dundee B. Laws 410, etc.
Jhoun Dunkin … is becowm mester to the skenner craft; 1613 Ib. 409.
It is not lesum … to any master of art to exercise tua craftis in his person; 1613 Dunferm. B. Rec. II. 106.
Bisset II. 237/22 etc.
c 1628 Glasgow Masons 50.
Admitet fellow off the craft be … [the] deken and … warden and the hell rest off the mesteres of mesones off Edenbroch and ther to eurie mester heath supscriuet; 1634 Edinb. Masons 3 July.
The present deacone and maisteris of croft sall tack such course … that none of these who ar maisteris of croft and not gild brother [etc.]; 1650 Glasgow Wrights Acts 6.
The dickin and mastares; 1689 Murray Lyon Hist. Lodge Edinb. 126.
1699 St. A. Baxter Bks. 99.

15. Attrib. with the designation of a tradesman, to denote one who is fully qualified (prec. sense) as distinct from an apprentice. Cf. 13 a, with which there may be ambiguity or merging. Hay I. 281/27. (see Armourer n.).
And that thare be bot thou allane gardener apon thame, and nocht mony maister gardenaris; Ib. II. 163/31.
A maistir swynhird Swanky; Colk. Sow i. 295.
Be thir irnis a maister sirurgiane; Bk. Chess 1681.
Tyrrheus the maister storour; Doug. vii. viii. 75.
Ane baxster, browster or ane maister cuke; Lynd. Trag. Card. 352.
Jhonn Roger, maister fensar; 1594 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 118.
The statutis … to be obseruit be all the maister maissonis within this realme; 1598–9 Montgomery Mem. 239.
All the maister weyvers; 1604 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 316.
And the maister calfatter … salhave for everie day x s. … and everie maister wricht vij s.; Bisset II. 237/30, 238/2.
The good toune hes beene destitute of a mester smyth these seaverall yeares past; 1676 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 256.
A master fashioner [= tailor]; Brown Hist. Indulgence (1783) 292.
Two master gunners and fireworkers; 1684 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 81.

16. a. A male teacher in a school, a schoolmaster; a tutor or instructor generally (to a person, of a subject, etc.). Also Scule-maister n. and Commaister n. Seneca … to Nero … In all tyme had master bene; Leg. S. ii. 648.
Ib. xxv. 584, xl. 126.
Alexander haid maisteris of science; Alex. (Taym.) 276.
Richard Boyl salhaf … the sang scule of Abirdene as principale maister of the samyn; 1483 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II. 335.
Seven S. 83.
Thank me tharfor, masteris of grammar sculys; Doug. Direct. 27.
1519 Dunferm. B. Rec. I. 298.
1524 Holyrood Chart. 257.
Boece vi. xii. 209 b.
Alcuyn Charlis maistir; Abell 58 a.
The maister schowill of Banff, Sir Wm. Clark; 1551 Banff Ann. I. 28.
To ane maister of techin of ane skoill; 1555 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. VII. 51.
1556 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 241.
1558 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 313.
The master of scule; 1560–1 Inverness Rec. I. 53.
1565–6 Reg. Privy S. V. ii. 15/2.
I sell tell the maistir; Vaus (1566).
Jhone Suentoun mr of the sangschull; 1578–9 Perth Kirk S. MS. Jan. 12.
They refusit to lat in thair maister; 1595 Crim. Trials I. ii. 362.
He … was elected maister to the prince; Dalr. II. 126/9.
1597 Acts IV. 148/1.
1598–9 St. A. Kirk S. 879.
Melvill 14.
1640 Dundonald Par. Rec. 464, etc.
Johne Camrell, maister of fenss; Spalding II. 411.
1666 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 224.
1682 Edinb. B. Rec. XI. 39.

b. A teacher in a University. In plur. also = the teaching staff, collectively (or in some instances perh. = the graduates, collectively). Also principall maister, maister principal. (1) Tua half portuis … liand befor the masteris on the north syd chenyeit; a 1500 Coll. St. Salvator 158.
The principall and mrs. of the colledge representis the dene; 1583 Sc. N. & Q. 2 Ser. IV. 171.
1602 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 47, 52, etc.
The rentes … quhilk … belongit to the maisteris and inward memberis of the said college; Spalding I. 139.
1679 Aberd. Council Lett. VI. 163.
(2) That all provestis, maisteris, regentis and uther studentis … sall be fre … fra all taxatiounis; 1524 Balfour Pract. 614.
Buch. Wr. 10.
That maister Duncane Nairn be resauet … secund maister in thair college; 1583 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 305.
That the maisteris that begynnis with the classes sall teiche thame fordwart … and that the discipules sould not change maisteris; 1588 Coll. St. Salvator 174.
1597 Acts IV. 148/1.
Mr. Aedam … was admitted measter of humanitie in the Old Colledge; 1663 Lamont Diary 163.
1694 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 315.
(3) In the Collegis of humanitie & philosophie the principall mr. and the laweir and the mathematiciane … for his awin fie; 1579 Acts III. 182/1.
Mr James Wilkie, mr. principal of St. Leonardis College; 1591 Edinb. Test. XXIII. 93.

c. A master of disciples or followers; one whose teaching or example a person follows. That he [Peter] is master cuth deny; Leg. S. i. 59.
It is nocht myn maister lar That [etc.]; Ib. iv. 150.
As Oros … Wrat till his mastyre Saynt Awstyne; Wynt. iv. 1080.
Oure maister Platoun; Hay II. 111/10.
Virgill … Maister of masteris; Doug. i. Prol. 9.
My mastir Chauser; Ib. 410.
We neid noder to … leir of oder vane maisters quhat guid warkis we suld dw; Gau 25/9.
Sic maister, sic disciple; 1581 Hamilton Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 85/3.
That the maistre sa shortlie sulde follow the disciple; Dalr. II. 126/11.
The devill hir maister; 1629 Justiciary Cases I. 102.

d. One's superior; a person who excels one in authority, learning, expertise or the like. For thou sik malice of thy maister mutis; Kennedy Flyt. 375.
Ib. 114.
In this arte they are your maisters, yee are but meere novices; ? 1662 Postscript for Lysimachus Nicanor 9.

17. a. A scholar of authority, a man of learning. Also attrib. Also const. in, of a branch of learning. Maister of the Sentence (Peter Lombard), of (the) Story (Petrus Comestor), see Sentence n., Story n. Off Rome syne the maystrys all In till hys presence he gert call; Wynt. v. 591.
Ib. viii. 679.
Misteris [sic] of sciens gret and wys; Ratis R. 1620.
This is the opynioun of oure maisteris and doctouris; Hay I. 106/19.
A notable and expert maister in astronomy; Ib. II. 111/2.
Ane wise maister of the lawis; Alex. (Taym.) 3632.
Seven S. 24, etc.
Lynd. Mon. 5024.
A maister gritt in Cupid's court; Fowler I. 58/50.
attrib. Throw manis mycht was neuer wrocht this cuyr, Nor be na mastir craft of medycyne; Doug. xii. vii. 109.

b. A holder of a Master's degree of a University. See Laureat a. (n.) 2 b, Laureat v. 2 a (1), Laureation n. (a), for some further examples. Heyr lyis Ingram of Kethenys prist maystr in arit; 1380 Inscr. in
Soc. Ant. XXX. 42.
A clerk solempne in sere sciens, Mayster [C. maistyr] off art; Wynt. viii. 409.
Gilbert of the Haye knycht, maister in arte and bachilere in decreis; Hay I. 2/20. Fyve Bestes 177.
Mandrag, mymmerkin, maid maister bot in mowis; Kennedy Flyt. 29.
Ane of profession of medicine passit maister, and ane regent in humanite; Buch. Wr. 13.
In theologie euerie ane pritends to be vearie lairnet vithout all instruction of doctors and maisters; Hamilton in Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 85/24.
Quhen he is maid maister at Lambes nixt; 1607 Glasgow Burgesses 34.
Wrytten mostly by William Watt clerke or rather maister in our present want of a clerke; 1650 Rothiemay Kirk S. in
J. Gordon's Hist. I. App. lvi.

c. Maister clerk (Clerk n. 2). = a or b above. Patryk Hammylton maistir clark [was burnt] for the sam; Abell 9*a.
Thair was ane maister clark Dwelling in Rome, … Callit Virgill; Rolland Seven S. 4928.
Gilbert, ane maister clerk, deit in Rome; Maitland Ho. Seytoun 26.
Ib. 33.

d. Maister act (Act n. 4). The public maintaining of a thesis for a master's degree; the ceremony at which this took place. To propin Maister Hector Boyis to his maister ack in theologie with ane townn of wyne; 1528 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 121.
Thair wes no maister act keipit in either of the Abirdeins at Lambes as wes vsit befoir, bot thair young scolleris wes maid maisteris befoir tyme; Spalding I. 225.

18. One who is skilled or adept at (of, in, into) some thing or doing something. Maister of activity, see Activity n. Than ar thai all had in disspyt That ere ware maisteris of delyt; Ratis R. 716.
All the ladies … He feistit hes, … With mirrie wordis … For he ane maister was and no scolleir Into sike thing; Clar. v. 830.
Wyfis maisters bene in geuing haill counsell To lords and lairds; 1572 Sat. P. xxxiii. 224.

19. As a mode of address. a. To one who is one's lord, master, teacher, etc. (senses i, 5, 16 a, 16 c) or who has the rank of a master (senses 10, 14, etc.). Chiefly sing. sing. Myn mayster lord Jhesu; Leg. S. v. 569.
[Judas:] Master, thare-for dyces thé nocht; Ib. xii. 165.
(Alexander to Aristotle); Alex. ii. 455.
Esope, my maister venerabill, I yow beseik; Henr. Fab. 1384 (Bass.).
[Wallace to the master of the ship]: Maister … quhat has amowit thé? Wall. ix. 79.
(Douglas to Mapheus Vegius); Doug. xiii. Prol. 107.
Than be the way me haistalie thar metis My companions … Sayand, ‘Maister, weilcum, be Alhallous’; Black Bk. Taymouth 156.
(The gardener to his master); Rolland Seven S. 1490.
[The knight to a barber:] ‘Maister, ar ȝe gudlie expart In blude latting?’ Ib. 4555.
The Devill … callit ewerie man be his name and ewerie ane ansuerit, ‘Heir, mr.’; 1590–1 Crim. Trials I. ii. 239.
plur. Adew iny maisters wrichts and maissouns, I haue neid to leir ȝow few lessouns; Lynd. Sat. 4160.
Sum for saying only to our ruid reformearis, My maisteris, ȝour doctryne plesis vs; Winȝet I. 12/20.

b. plur. and sing. More loosely as a term of respect or politeness: Sir(s); gentlemen. plur. Lordis, falowys and maystris now Wyth stowt hart ilkane off yhow Set[tis] agayne this ane assay; Wynt. viii. 2562.
Of this author, my maisteris, with ȝour leif [etc.]; Henr. Fab. 29. (Bass.).
Quhat ar ȝe sirs all of ane natioun? Maisters I speik be protestatioun [etc.]; Lynd. Sat. 665.
Arbuthnot Maitl. Q. xlv. 25.
Maistres, upoun my lauche I sall [etc.]; 1571 Fam. Rose 258.
sing. [Dissait, to Sergeant:] Allace maister ȝe hurt my crag; Lynd. Sat. 3090.
[The captain of the English privateer to Meldrum:] Thairfoir gude maister saue my lyfe; Id. Meldrum 795.

20. The style of the lineal or collateral male heir-apparent to an earldom or lordship. The designation is that of the earldom or lordship, as Maister of Huntle, Maister of Marschal, Maister of Maxwell. Also with the addition ȝoungar as the style of the heir-apparent's eldest son: cf. also Maistres n. 9. [The Scottes call the son and heyre of euery lord the master of the house and surname whereof hys father is called lord; 1548 W. Patten Exped. into Scotl. 35 in
Dalyell Fragm. Sc. Hist. (Edinb. 1798).]
Heaffing to his secund broder ane gallant manne quha wes stylit Maister and had to name Mr Allexander Ruthwene; 16.. Crim. Trials II. 297.
1641 Baillie I. 379.
With us the eldest sons of lord barons are design'd Masters, as the master of Rosse &c. And of old the uncles of lords, after the death of their elder brother, though he left a son, were called Masters, till the nephew had a son; Mackenzie Precedency 38.
(1) [Dominus Robertus de Keth magister eiusdem; 1439–40 Sc. Hist. Rev. XXIV. 289.
Nos Angussium de insulis magistrum; 1485 Chart. (Reg. H.) No. 517.]
The master of Douglas; Asl. MS. I. 219/9.
For the master of Crafurde; 1489 Treas. Acc. I. 107.
To Alexander maister of Huntle; 1490 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 102.
Wilyeam, Erle of Eroll … and Wilyeame Hay, maister of Eroll; 1497–8 Acta Conc. II. 128.
1509 Douglas Chart. 189.
The maister of Merschell; 1524 Reg. Privy S. I. 491/2.
1526 Ib. 520/2.
1529 Sutherland Chart. 92.
James Douglas master of Dalkeith with his 2 brithir [slain]; Boece xvi. viii. 623 b.
Mr William Cuningham knicht, maister of Glencarn; 1534 Boyd Fam. P. No. 11 (17 April).
Maister of Hume, son and apperand are of George, Lord Hvme; 1542 Reg. Privy S. II. 742/1.
1546 Reg. Privy C. I. 32.
Ib. 42.
To tua servandes of the maister of Halis, … to ane servande of the said maisterris; 1547 Armstrong Liddesdale App. lxxxiii.
1548 Prot. Bk. G. Grote 67.
Compl. 103/14.
1553 Treas. Acc. X. 190.
The said maistyr of Olyphant; 1557 Inverness Sheriff Ct. MS. 64.
Be the mr. of Mairschell and the rest of the barrownes of the Meirnes; 1568 Douglas Chart. 266.
Johnne maister of Grahame nepote and heyre to the Erll of Montroise; 1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 2.
1578 Moysie 8, 11.
1583 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 531.
1584 Reg. Privy C. III. 644.
[Georgio comiti de Cathnes, Jacobo magistro de Cathnes ejus fratri; 1585 Reg. Great S. 257/1.]
1597 Exch. R. XXIII. 201.
1604 Stewart Mem. 112.
1606 Reg. Privy C. VII. 211.
Quhenne the maister of Gowrie schew him all this; 16.. Crim. Trials II. 297.
Ib. 294.
The meister of Burley; 1649 Lamont Diary 4.
Spalding I. 192.
Lauder Jrnl. 14.
1680 Cunningham Diary 21.
That the lord and master of Balmerino are [etc.]; 1697 Cramond Kirk S. IV. 15 Nov.
Alexander viscount of Kenmure, William Gordon master of Kenmure; 1697 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Reg. H.) 15 Aug.
(2) For ane hors to the Maister of Sympill ȝoungar; 1550 Treas. Acc. IX. 418.
(3) To William lord Symple, Robert maister Symple, David Symple [etc.]; 1526 Reg. Privy S. I. 521/2.
Williame maister Merschell; 1559 Reg. Morton I. 8.
My lord meisteir Mairschall, luiftennent; 1568 Douglas Chart. 265.
1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 2.
(4) Andro Stewart, Lord Ochiltree … commanded his sone, Andro Stewart, then Maister [etc.]; Knox II. 320.
Ye mane writ scharple to the Mastar [sc. of Glamis] for [etc.]; 1580 Waus Corr. 230.
That the Maister suld ryd to the King; 16.. Crim. Trials II. 297.

21. Prefixed to the personal name of a man. a. Prefixed to the Christian name and surname, or, esp. when the full name has been given earlier, to the Christian name alone, chiefly of one who is a Master of Arts (sense 17 b). ‘Masters’ in this use were often clergymen or schoolmasters, and so the occurrences are very numerous indeed, the following representing only a very small sample of the total. For the distinction, in pre-Reformation times, from schir, see that noun and Knox (W.S.) I. 555–8. Also prefixed to the Christian names of male heirs apparent of lordships (cf. prec. sense). Also applied in other uses (including 14 above) to foreigners, after MDu. meester, Eng. master. (1) [Masters none are calld but such as have taken degrees in the universitie; a 1638 Orkn. Misc. I. 55/1.]
Maystir Dunckane Petyte; 1385 Red Bk. Grandtully I. 138*.
Wytnes a reuerend man … Maystyr Water Trayl; 1395 Menzies Charters MS. (Reg. H.) 10 Feb.
1398–9 Acts I. 210/2.
Wynt. vii. 1829, 2219; viii. 2392, 3288.
1421 Douglas Chart. 57.
Be yhour clerk maister Alexander of Foulerton; 1424 State P. (Reg. H.) No. 14.
1431 Buccleuch Mun. II. 28.
1438 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 265.
1443 Reg. Episc. Brechin. I. 96.
1466 Peebles B. Rec. I. 155.
1473 Treas. Acc. I. 19; etc.
Maistir Jhon Blayr; Wall. ix. 1944, etc.
1486 Exch. R. IX. 614.
1489 Wemyss Chart. 115.
To maister William Dunbar; 1501 Treas. Acc. II. 95.
To maister Andro Makbrekkis first mes; 1502 Ib. 79.
Greit in the glaykis, gude maister Gilliam Gukkis; Kennedy Flyt. 497.
Dunb. iv. 58, etc.
1520 Fife Sheriff Ct. 187.
1531 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 48.
1532 Exck. R. XVI. 551,
1534 Ib. 584.
1543 Blackfriars Perth 197.
Master Gorge Froster bayle of Leytht; 1544 Corr. M. Lorraine 76.
1546 Acts II. 475/2.
1546 Reg. Privy C. I. 37.
Maister Edwarde Henrysoun, Doctour in the Lawis; 1556–7 Reg. Privy S. V. i. 17/1.
1557 Peebles B. Rec. I. 238.
Rolland Seven S. Prol. 24.
Knox I. 459.
Be m. Johne Dauidsone; 1573 Dickson & Edmond 260.
Mr Michell Elphinstoun; Diurn. Occurr. 166.
Pitsc. I. 1/3.
Ib. 308, h. of ch.
1581 Cath. Tr. 102/10, etc.
1582 Conv. Burghs I. 138.
1585 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 410.
1589 Waus Corr. 441.
Maister Johne Skene, clerk of register; 1599–1600 Misc. Spald. C. V. 126.
Maiester Alexander Kellie, commissioner for Dumbar; 1603 Conv. Burghs II. 161.
Maister Johne Malcome and Mr Johne Gutherie, ministeris; 1619 Perth Kirk S. MS. 5 Jan.
1630 Inchaffray Reg. 103.
Vnder … subscription of maister Wm Leslie, notar; 1632 Cullen B. Ct. 6 June.
(Mr.); 1633 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 390.
(Mr.); 1639 Baillie I. 238.
(Mr.); J. Gordon in Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II. 513, 553, 571.
Spalding I. 258.
1649 Brechin Presb. 9, etc.
The said maister Thomas Reid; 1669 Burnett Fam. P. MS.
Mr Robert Skein, schoolmaister at Cullen; 1675 Cullen Kirk S. 5 Nov.
(Mr); 1678 Wemyss Chart. 254;
1701 Cramond Kirk S. IV. 14 Mar.;
1711 Old Ross-shire I. 43.
plur. Maisturis Henrie Kynros, Johne Scharpe; 1572 Stewart Mem. 104.
Maisteris Andro and James Melvillis, maisteris of the New College; 1586 Reg. Privy C. IV. 74.
(2) Langand the said master Patrik & his moder; 1457 Reg. Dunferm. 344.
For the saule heil of the said maister Jhone; 1486 Bk. Carlaverock II. 447.
1493 Acta Conc. I. 315/1, etc.
1500 Reg. Episc. Brechin. I. 219.
Tald … be master Jhon; Prestis of Peblis 50.
1520 Fife Sheriff Ct. 189.
1537 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 414.
1543 Glasg. Chart. II. 505.
1586 Conv. Burghs I. 223.
The said Mr William; 1603 Strathendrick 131.
(Mr.); J. Gordon in Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II. 572;
1647 Glasg. B. Rec. II. 123.
(3) My lord Lindesay, … Maister Patrik, with ȝoung Normond, ȝour brother; Lynd. Test. Meldrum 208.
Eftir that maister Alexander had comeit ane certane space with his hienes; 1600 Acts IV. 203/2.
The Erle of Gowrie … slane with his brother M. Alexander Ruthwen … 1600; Skene Memorabilia 13.
(4) Til our familiar and daily seruitour maistir Stephane, ypothegar; 1509 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 125.
For … lumbart paper to maister Hannys [sc. the Flemish gunner]; 1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 512.
Maister Magnus, ambaxater to the Kingis grais of Englande; 1524 Douglas Corr. 95.

b. Less commonly prefixed to a surname. In quots. Henr. and 1637 and perh. others, appar. = (1) and (2) above. In quot. 1660, cf. sense 20. In most other instances echoing Eng. master (? also F. maître), as a polite title given to any gentleman or other man deserving of respect or deference. (1) I, Maister Wolff, partles off fraud and gyle; Henr. Fab. 1155 (Bass.).
Schir Morpheus … led me captiue vnto maister Slumber; 1570 Sat. P. x. 81.
More … learned than I am mrs Dickson, Blair & Hamilton; 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1664) 139.
To the minister there, Master Wilkie; Sinclair Satan's Inv. World 200.
To put Mr Carstaires in the ordinar irons; 1684 Bk. O. Edinb. C. IX. 145.
(2) Master Murray, brother to the Earl of Atholl, as carver; 1660 Mercurius Caledonius Dec. 31.
(3) To Maister Hunt, the Quenes maister cuke; 1505–6 Treas. Acc. III. iii.
[An Englishman] Maister Talbart was his name; Lynd. Meldrum 271.
Mester Knoleis; 1568 Mary in
Ellis Orig. Lett. i Ser. III. 253.
As to maister Knokis; c 1571–9 Buch. to Cecil in Facs. Nat. MSS. III. lxvi.
Scho maid ane Mr Rwbie controllar; Pitsc. II. 116/4.
Moysie 27.
Mester Randolphe wes send in with this ambasad; Melville Mem. 266.
Mester Draikis; Ib. 362.
1617 Stirling B. Rec. I. 148.
The said Mr Forbes; 1690 Cramond Kirk S. III. 9 Oct.

22. Prefixed to the designation of an office. Maister Marchemond Herrald [asked instrument, etc.]; 1500–1 Acta Conc. II. 484.

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