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North part(i)s, n. pl. Also: northt, northe and pairtis. a. The northern parts of a country etc. b. Chiefly, the northern districts (of Scotland). = Northland n.a. 1456 Hay I. 6/23.
And [Satan] said that he suld ascend in the hyest stage of hevin and thare in the north partis he suld sett his sege
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 188/6.
Symon Surke … inhabit oure Scotland or Brute come in the north partis
b. (1) 1405 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 59.
Our lorde the Kynge was passit in the northe partis of Scotlande
1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 239/2.
Makand him custummare within … the north partis of the realme
1530–1 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 348.
James … lieutennent of the north partis of the realme fra the north wattir yond
1546 Reg. Privy C. I. 36. 1594 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 57. 1594 Acts IV. 95/1.
Inhabitantis of the north and south pairtis of this realme
(2) 1527 Sc. Hist. Rev. XL. iii.
At the sicht … of my lord of Abirdene at his first cuming in the northt partis
1592 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 76.
The gryt disordour now within thir north pairtis quhair … crewell helandmen ar brokin lows
1592–3 Reg. Privy C. V. 56.
Thay past fordwart … toward the north pairtis
1594 Bk. Univ. Kirk III. 823.
To returne home againe to the saids north parts

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