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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).

Part-, Pairtage, n. Also: -aige, -aiche. [e.m.E. partage (1502), F. partage, med.L. partagium (13th c. in Du Cange).]

1. The action of participating in an undertaking or enterprise.In partage, in partnership. 1456 Hay I. 160/33.
That thir pure folk has na charge … na partage of the weris na of the wynnyng of armes
1592 Mining Rec. 52.
For nocht ressaueing of ony Scottisman in partage he being requyrat thairto

2. The action of dividing (that part of an inheritance subject to it) into shares; division or partition (of inheritance).(1) 1554 Balfour Pract. 234.
That equal partage micht be maid thairof betwix him and the rest of the bairnis
1608 Edinb. Test. XLIV. 41 b.
[500 marks] by and attour hir equal portioun of partage with my ȝoungest brother and broder sonnes
1622-6 Bisset II. 175/26.
The succeding to the croun of kingdomes hes na divisioun of partaige
1644 Edinb. Test. LX. 369 b.
I … dispone the samyn … to hir haillie butt partage or divisioune
1650 Ib. LXV. 80.
[800 marks] in full and compleit payment of all farder benefeit or partage
(2) 1622-6 Bisset II. 225/5.
Partaige of cleithing harnes [etc.]

3. A share (of land or property); a portion (of an inheritance).(1) c1554 Makeson Genesis fol. 3.
One to his [Abraham's] partaiche the land of Canaan Quhilk at that tyme vas promissit to his seid
1587 Warrender P. II. 41.
Bothe daughteris to the king and queen educated alyke … no difference of partage
c1590 Fowler I. 40/95.
And now the heareshipp which I hawe and partage be my wyfe [etc.]
1611-57 Mure Psalmes xvi. 6.
By line is fallen to me A pleasant partage
1634 Edinb. Test. LVII. 6.
That … my wyff and bairnes … be nowayis … trublit nather scho in hir office nor thej in thair partage forsaides
1656 Brechin Test. VI. 24.
Of all frie goods … soumes of money … that will appertaine … to me as my just partage the tyme of my deceis
(b) 1581 Bk. Carlaverock II. 491.
The said lord … acceptis the vtheris landis … for his portioun and pairtaige thairof
1585 Argyll Fam. Lett. 64.
That my sone Colling haif na pairtage of geir insycht or outsycht
(2) c1615 Chron. Kings 3.
His sone Javan that had in partage the cuntrie of Greise
1615 Orkney & Shetl. Ct. Bks. 10.
That the said ane markland lybellit fell in partage to umquhill Thomas Ommond
a1670 Scot Staggering State 75.
Having gotten in partage the barony of Trabroune

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