A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Menagery, -ie, Mannagerie, Managary, n. [e.m.E. menagery (1633), managery (1643), partly F. ménagerie domestic administration, partly f. e.m.E. manage (see Mena(d)ge v.).] Management or administration of anything; domestic management; husbanding, judicious use of resources.
(a) Grantis to Patrick Maister of Gray an full dischairdge of all gould, jowells, claithing, or any vther our menagerie; 1586 Gray Lett. & P. App. xiii.
To answere to such demands as concernes curing of disseases, their own particular menagery; James VI Dæmonol. 19.
As to your menagery you [being thriftless] put me in mind of one that you little think of; 1658 R. Moray Lett. 12/21 Jan.
(b) Commissioners intrusted for the managary of the estate; 1656 Ayrsh. Coll. IV. 157.
The estate was but small, yet by the help of friends and honest mannagerie it proved better than was expected; 1657 Misc. Spald. C. II. 395.
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