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Michael-, Michelmes, -mas, n. Also: Michaell-, Micheal-, Michell-, Michal(l)-, Mi(c)hil-, Mickell-; Mychael-, Mychel-, Mychal-; Mechel(l)-, Meychel-, Me(c)hal(l)-; Machell- and -mess, -mass, -mis, -mis(s)e; and Michelymes. [ME. and e.m.E. Mychelmesse (1377), Meghel- (1435), Mykylmes (1469), ME. Miel- (1296), Miȝhel-masse (c 1290).] The feast day of St. Michael, 29 Sept. 1264 Exch. R. I. 2.]
[Usque ad festum Sancti Michaelis, lxiii
(a) 1410–11 Reg. Episc. Brechin I. 30.
The law day and hed court nixt eftir Michelmes
c1420 Wynt. viii. 5067.
Schyr Andrewe … Efftyre the Michaellmes passyd [etc.]
1440 Cop. St. A. 209.
At thre termys, that is to say, Michaelmess, Candilmes and Pax
1474 Treas. Acc. I. 63.
For schone to Jok Stewart and butis fra Michelmes
1485 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I. 52. 1498 Lanark B. Rec. 10. 1503 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 356.
Betuyx the date heirof and the feist of Sant Michael the archangel callit Michelmes
1554 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 190.
At the tyme of Michaelmes vsit to cheis and elect the samyn [officeris]
1629 Linlithgow B. Rec. 26 June.
To be ane officer quhill Michelmas
c 1641–54 J. Gordon in Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II. 607.
Trowts … taken only betwix Michelmess and Hallowmess
1650 Brechin Presb. 26.
He dwyned till Michaelmass
1650 Lanark B. Rec. 145.
1651 Melville Corr. 233.
1652 Lamont Diary 45.
1660 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 293.
1657 Balfour Ann. III. 432. 1672 Melrose Reg. Rec. II. 322.
Betuixt Witsonday and Mihilmes
1676 Kirkcaldy B. Rec. MS. 2 Oct.
Declaired baillies quhill Mickellmas nixt
1678 Soc. Ant. XXX. 20.
At Michelymes nixtocom
1682 Lanark B. Rec. 212.
1682 Irvine Mun. II. 298.
Fra Michalmess [1679] to Michalmass [1681]
(b) c1420 Bute MS. 158 b.
Thre principale mutys … the fryst eftyr Mychalmes
1440 Cop. St. A. 174.
1500 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. i. 88.
At the Mychelmis efter the greit deid
1561 Inverness Rec. I. 119.
To Mychelmas nixt
1562 Prot. Bk. J. Drummond MS. 19.
To pay … at Mychaelmes nixt and … Andromes
1600 Conv. Burghs II. 84.
The electioun of thair magistrattis at Mychalmes last
(c) 1457 Peebles B. Rec. I. 125.
At Beltan v s. and at Mechelmes other v s.
1472 Ib. 168. 1496 Halyb. 24.
1542–3 Lanark B. Rec. 21.
1557–8 Perth Guildry 11 Feb.
1587 Prot. Bk. J. Inglis 20 May.
To paye the saming betuix & Mehalmes

b. Attrib. and comb.(1) 1456 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I. 15.
Vpoun the day nixt befoir Michalmes day the dusane … vsit to cheis the lytis of the officiaris
1490 Treas. Acc. I. 170.
On Meychelmes da … the Kingis offerrand
1543 Corr. M. Lorraine 32.(2) 1560 Bk. Disc. 217.
Then shall on Michaelmess evin convene the hoill principallis [etc.]
1578 Moysie 19.
The xxviij day of September, being Michelmas ewin
1657 Balfour Ann. II. 93.
Vpone Michelmisse eine
(3) 1497 Halyb. 176.
In the Machellmes merkat
1580 Conv. Burghs I. 100.
Agane the Michaelmes mercat nixt
(4) 1599 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I. 366.
At the nixt Michelmes court
1616 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 141.
Presentlie assemblit at thair Michaelmes heid court
1666 Rothesay B. Rec. 125.
Michalmes court holdin … upone the first day of October
(5) 1531 Soc. Ant. II. 393.
To begyn quhair the Michaelmas wache left
a1578 Pitsc. I. 339/7.
Quhill the Michallmas perdoun
1590 Conv. Burghs I. 314.
At the Michealmes electione of prouest and magistratis
1700 Acts X. 205/2.
Lie Michaelmass fair

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