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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Mortgage, Morga(d)ge, n. (e.m.E. and late ME. morgage (14–15th c.), mortgage (1542–3), OF. mortgage (13th c.) ‘dead pledge’, med. L. mor(t)gagium and mortuum vadium.) —c1575 Balfour Pract. 196 (see Mortage n.) 1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v.
Mort-gage, mortuum vadium, dicitur pignus, cuius fructus vel reditus percepti in nullo se acquietant, … signifies ane dead wed
1635 Laing MSS. I. 195.
This we have done by way of morgadge redeimable to your majestie
1639 Gordon Geneal. Hist. 277.
One of them did obtein the third part of Garlogh in morgage or wadset from the Clan-wic-Gilcholm

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