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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).

Outhounder, -hunder, n. [Hounder n., Hunder n.] An instigator or inciter (of another, to a crime, against a third party, etc.). — 1596 Haddington B. Rec. (Robb) 20 May.
The samen persoun … salbe held … as ane partner mantenir … outhounder & assister of the saids personis in his offens
c1650 Spalding I. 46.
That the Gordonis war the out hounderis of thir hielanderis, of verie malice aganis Frendracht
1674 Justiciary Ct. Rec. II. 220. 1697 Old Ross-shire I. 206.
Captain Hugh was the outhounder … to the said wicked work
1699 Misc. 3 Spald. C. II 113.
And if there could be information gotten against him as ane outhunder [etc.]

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