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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).

Parsonage, -anage, n. [ME. and e.m.E. parsonage (Piers Plowman), var. of personage Personage n.]

1. ? Personality; ? appearance. Cf. Personage n. 1 c and d. 1556 Lauder Off. Kings 283.
Nor for thare plesand parsonage Nor for thare strenth nor vassallage

2. A parsonage. = Personage n. 3.Also, the office of parson, ministerial charge.Also, ellipt. for parsonage-teinds.(1) 1472 Reg. Dunferm. 369.
1496–7 Acta Conc. II. 50.
The accione … persewit be … Alexander Stratone … to warand the froitis of the teyndschaiffis of the parsonage of Bennum, … efter the tenore of the letter of assedacione made the sade Alexander hereapoun
1500 Ib. 430.
[The Lords ordain John, Lord Flemyng, to pay 100 marks] for the superexcrescence of the froitis of the parsonage of the kirk of the Lenȝe be the space of five yeris
1538–9 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 237.
Resavit … of the said taxt for the Dene Lanark for the parsonage Cowintoun
1561 Reg. Episc. Morav. xx.
The parsonage of Doles belonging to the subdeanery, given up for five chalders, two bolls, three firlots. The vicarage of Alderne forty pounds. … The haill teindis … of the kirkis of Alves and Lambryd personage and vicarage
1566 Reg. Privy C. I. 487.
All small benefices, parsonages, vicarages, and utheris
1568 Sc. Ch. Hist. Soc. Rec. XIII. 219.
Anent ther pretendit right of parsanage of Tarvot
1586–7 Reg. Dunferm. 449. 1591 Reg. Privy C. IV. 689.
Factor of the teindsheaves of the parsonage of Duns
1593 Pont Cunningham 87.
His stipend the haill parsonage of Baith xliij li. v sh. money, ix bollis iij fer. ij pectis beir
1630 Old Ross-shire I. 33.(2) 1563 Bk. Univ. Kirk I. 42.
The paroshineris … desired [that John Spottiswood] … demitt the said parsonage
(3) 1681 Stair Inst. iv. xxiv. 12.
For thereby there is a spuilȝie for vicarage-teinds, as well as for parsonage; but … it is a spuilȝie in parsonage, if the teind-master was in immediate possession

b. Attrib. with pension and teinds, tiend. — 1581 Goudie Shetl. Antiq. 162 n.
Quhair the parsonage and viccarage pension at any kirk are now severall benefices, to be all unitit and annexit in ane, for the better sustaining of the minister there
1568 Waus Corr. 44.
He said Maister Patrik Waus … sall sett in tak, or rentall, to the said … Dunbar all and haill the teyndis gerbalis, viz. teyndis parsonage of the sax merkland of … Longcaster and four merkland of [etc.]
1680 Cunningham Diary 118.
There being 7 bolls of parsonage-tiend payable out of these lands

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