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

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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).

Parentage, n. Also: parentadge, -aiche, parantage. [e.m.E. (Caxton) and F. parentage (12th c. in Hatz.-Darm.).]

1. Derivation from parents, esp. in relation to inherited rank or character; ‘birth’, lineage, ‘family’. 1558-66 Knox II. 214.
Ane testimoniall of his learnyng, docilitie, aige, and parentage
c1575 Balfour Pract. 514.
Ane wife of greit blude and parentage
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i. 73 b.
All quha ar inferiour in parentage are husbandmen
c 1620 Anderson MS. Hist. in Crim. Trials I. i. *197.
Followid ane wther judgment, in consideratioun of the parentadge accusid [etc.] … most miserabill
1627 Bk. Carlaverock II. 91.
Ane Irishman borne of good parantage

2. ? Children, progeny; ? kinsfolk collectively. c1554 Makeson Genesis 128.
Abraham … Endit his dais amangis his parentaiche Quilkis sone his body put in to sepulture

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