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Perpetual(l)y, adv. Also: -ual(l)i(e, -ual(l)ye, -wally; -ealy; -uyly; -uel(l)y, -uellé; perpituallie. [ME. and e.m.E. perpetuelly (c 1380), -ally (1426).] Perpetually.a. For ever, indefinitely, permanently. b. Continually, without remission or intermission, constantly.a. 1398 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 37.
At that ilke Gilbert … haff sauld and sellis … frely quitly and perpetualy … the tva tounys
1399 Holyrood Chart. 112.
A chanon singand perpetuali … in the said abbay
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1265 (C).
Peipetualy [D. perpetuelly] diffamed ar we
Ib. 102, etc. c1420 Wynt. viii. 7101. 1456 Hay I. 203/5.
His saule is condampnyt perpetualy
1467 Ayr B. Ct. 21 Apr.
The said … conwent has … perpetualy enterchangit and gyffyn owre the mylsteid [etc.]
a1500 Rauf C. 939.
I will forsaik Mahoun … Euer mair perpetuallie
1490 Irland Mir. I. 65/16.
To lif lange ȝit nocht perpetualy
1492 Reg. Episc. Morav. 249.
1499–1500 Acta Conc. II. 349. 1507 Charter (Reg.H.) No.709.
Sa fra nyntein to nyntein [years] perpetuallie
1510–11 Reg. Privy S. I. 335/2.
The prebend of Glenquhom … is to be erect perpetualy … in ane archidenry
1514 Rec. Earld. Orkney 88. 1531 Bell. Boece I. 221.
With clame and kindnes thairof perpetually
1533 Boece x. iii. 351 b.
That apoun the common coist perpetualie certane liouns in Florence suld be nurist
1549 Compl. 27/7.
It follouis nocht that God vil tyne vs perpetualye
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2396.
1564 Armstrong Hist. Liddesdale I. App. cv.
1569 Dundee Chart. 42.
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxxii. 30.
a1578 Pitsc. I. 47/29.
1605 Glasgow Prot. II. 119.
That sum ressonabill … rent … be … perpetuallie gevin be ws [etc.]
(b) 1481–2 Misc. Spald. C. II. 324.
For the tym beande perpetealy and euer to the day doym tyll say or synge a daly meis
(c) 1467 Anal. Scot. I. 381.
And thys bande perpetuyly till endure for ever mair
(d) 1422 Stirlings of Keir 208.
Hafand … tha for sayid landis … fra me … perpetuely withoutyng ony gane callyng
1526 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. I. 155.
Prayand perpetuelle for the said Jhone
b. 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 1424.
Still in the sessoun all things remanit thair Perpetuallie
Id. Æn. Direct. 21.
I haue wrocht myself syk dispyte Perpetualy be chydit with ilk knak [etc.]
1525 (1527) Reg. Great S. 96/1.
Ilk maister of the said craft sall perpetually pay his wolklie penny

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