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Patronag(e, -aige, -adge, n. [F. patronage (14th c. in Hatz. Darm.), med. L. patronagium. Cf. e.m.E. patronage advowson (1513–14), influential support (1553), tutelary care (1582).]

1. ? The lordship or tutelage (of Christ's church, as exercised by a pope). a1400 Leg. S. xxi. 639.
Na … consent wald he That Jhesu Cristis patronag [L. sanctuarium domini] Succed suld be harytage

2. The right of a patron (Patro(u)n(e n.1 1) of presentation to a vacant ecclesiastical benefice.Also lawit (also laic, lawic) patronage, see, for numerous examples, Lawit a. 1 (3), Laic a. 1 b (3) and Lawic a. See also, for further examples, the synonyms Advocatioun n. 1, Donatioun n. 1, Presentatioun n. 1405 Maxwell Mem. I. 145.
With the gyffing and the patronage of the said kyrke of Inchecallach
1408 Facs. Nat. MSS. II. lxi. 1412 Laing Chart. 24.
He … sal noth iniure na disese the place throuch na titil of patronage bot as it is granttit … in this indentour
14.. Reg. Maj. c. 3.
The rycht of the patronage pertenis to court of haly kirk
1473 Peebles B. Rec. I. 21. 1475 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 30.
Nocht doand any preiudice to our patronage [etc.]
1497–8 Acta Conc. II. 98. 1503–4 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 98. 1540 Reg. Privy S. II. 531/1.
For impetratioun … of the archidenrie of Murray, oure soverane lordis patronage
c1575 Balfour Pract. 501.
It is leasum to the uther partie … to … move actioun tuiching the ground richt and propertie of the said patronage
1581 Acts III. 248/1.
The erlldome of Levenax … with … rycht of patronage of … kirkis and chaiplanreis of the said erldome
1606 Liber Melros 658. 1606 Birnie Kirk-b. xix. 1622-6 Bisset I. 93/33.
1626 Charles I Lett. in Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. I. 352.
Landis, teyndis, patronageis, benefices formarlie belonging to the Churche and since annexed to the Crowne
1630 Morison Dict. Decis. 9891, etc. 1643 Dunferm. Ann. 308.
Declairing hereby that the patronage, nomination and presentation of the said minister … shall belong to the parochiners and heritors
c1650 Spalding I. 227.
Becaus mony thinges haue occurit in this assembly whiche may concerne patronages [etc.]
1646 S. Leith Rec. 76/1.
1649 Rec. Kirk Scotl. 586. 1659 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 418. 1681 Stair Inst. ii. viii. 27. 1681 Dunkeld Presb. II. 125.

b. The right of nominating to a bursary. 1659 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 413.
The toune being secured in there patronage off the bussers conforme to the mortificatioune mad

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