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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Nonage, -aig(e, n. Also: noneaige. [Late ME. and e.m.E. nownage (1399), nounage, nonage (1424), none-age (c 1450), AF. nounage, OF. nonage. Written as one or as two words.] Nonage, minority, legal infancy. Les age n., Minorité n.(a) 1472 Lennox Mun. 89.
The actis of the nonage of our sourane lord
1479 Acta Conc. I. 31/2.
In the tendir and nonage of the said vmquhile our souerane lorde
1489 Ib. 128/2. 1492 Douglas Chart. 138.
For the tyme of thare non age
1494 Acta Aud. 199/1. 1531 Bell. Boece II. 24. 1533 Boece xi. x. 426.
Be nonage … nocht abill to governe
1546 Montgomery Mem. 142.
My air or airis beand of non age
1629 Stirling's Royal Lett. I. 344.(b) 1499–1500 Acta Conc. II. 388.
1500–1 Ib. 484.
1524 Stirlings of Keir 323. 1549 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 273. a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. clxxx. 78. 1581 Acts III. 243/1.
We revok all donationis … maid in our nonaige
1603 Hist. Fam. Seton 897.
Quhilk nonaige I declair to be quhill my sounes be xxj yeiris compleit
1630-1651 Gordon Geneal. Hist. 107.
Dureing Earle John his minoritie and noneaige

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