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Pilgrimag(e, -gramage, n. Also: pilgrym-, pillgrim-, -gram-, pylgrim-, -grym-, -gram-; pilgrem-; pilgrom-; pelgram- and -adge, -ege, -edg; Pilgrimes. [ME. and e.m.E. pilegrimage (c 1290), pilgremage (1387), -grimage (c 1325), -grymage (Rolle), -gramage (north., c 1400), pylgremage (Caxton), OF. pelrim-, pelryn-, pelerinage, also pel(l)egrin-, peligrinage (Godef.), f. peleriner to go as a pilgrim. Cf. Pilgrinage n., Pelerinage n.] (A) pilgrimage.The action, or practice, of travelling to a shrine or the like as an act of religious devotion; a particular instance of this.Common in such phr. as to pas (also gang, wyage, etc.) in (into, also on) (one's) pilgrimage, to go on pilgrimage.Also to pas (the, one's) pilgrimage, id.In the quot. f. Gud Wyf & D., perh. pl. without infl.(1) c1420 Wynt. v. 1899.
This lady wowyt gret pilgrymage [C. pilgramage]
a1487 Gud Wyf & D. 83.
Let thame nocht ga … to clerk playis na pilgrimage Bot [etc.]
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 24/20.
All thing throu the quhilk God is … done honour to, as pilgrimage, prayer [etc.]
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 71. c1515 Kennedy Asl. MS. II. 274/57.
Thocht we brek wowis prayeris pilgrimage & hechtis
1625 Moray Synod 16.
Many people hes gain this yeir to wells and cheppelles in forme of pillgrimage
1620–43 Adv. MS. W. 2. 20 in Dalyell Darker Superst. 79.
Once a tyme in the yeare certaine of them doeth come for pilgrimadges
(b) 1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 250/1.
Thare pilgramage to Sanct Jhon … for atheris thare erandis thar to be done
1525 St. A. Formulare I. 271.
I declair thame partles … of al pilgramagis … induring this cursyng
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2358.
And sum to Iuno for ryches Thare pylgramage thay wald addres
Ib. 2675.
Sic pylgramage heth maid mony one hure
1567 G. Ball. 201.
His pilgramage and purgatorie … The paip hes done inuent
a1578 Pitsc. II. 151/25.
The rude quhilk was ane great idoll and abussit all men and wemen baitht witht pillgramage
1581 Acts III. 212/2.
The dregges of idolatrie ȝit remanis … be vsing of pilgramage [etc.]
(c) 1535 Stewart 31158.
This gude Hungus … Completit thair baith pilgremage and vow
(d) 1504 Crim. Trials I. i. 42.
For the fulfilling of his pelgramage
(2) 14.. Burgh Laws c. 34 (A).
Gif ony burges … war in pilgrimagis or in his nedis in the partis be ȝond the see
c1475 Wall. i. 291.
The captans wiff in pilgramage had beyne
(3) a1400 Leg. S. xxvii. 1225.
Sanct Machor … can spere In pilgrimag gif he wald pas To Rome
c1420 Wynt. ii. 610.
And to wyage In marchandys or pilgrimage
Ib. v. 88.
14.. Acts I. 36/2. a1500 Seven S. 2565.
And thaim behude Pas our the sey in pilgrimage
1506 Crawford Mun. Invent. I. 41 (24 April).
Respite [to John Earl of Crawford] … to pas in his pilgramage to Sanct John of Amyas
c1520-c1535 Nisbet Luke xv. 13.
The yonngar sonn went furth in pilgrimage into a ferr cuntree
1529 Rec. Earld. Orkney 209.
As I am to pas in pylgramage to the Haly Crose off Forinen [? ] in Norrowaye
1535 Wigtown B. Ct. 302 b.
Becaus he passis in to pylgrymage to Sant Jamys
c1540 Lynd. Kitteis Conf. 79. 1549 Compl. 10/31.
Ther cam daly to that tempil diuerse pure men in pilgremage
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2696. a1578 Pitsc. I. 17/10.
Scho [the queen] haid maid ane vowe to pas in pilgrimage to the quhytt kirk of Bricheine
1580 Hay in Cath. Tr. 54/10.
1581 Burne Disput. in Ib. 170/6.
Ane change … from going on pilgramage to hanting of harlattis
1607 Rothiemay Kirk S. in J. Gordon Hist. I. App. lii.
Delaitit for passing in pilgrimage to Ordequhill
(4) a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 269.
Be the pilgramage compleit I pas for saull prow
1490 Irland Mir. I. 22/24.
Bot that suld nocht be … principaly desirit bot to help and pas the pilgramage
1507 Treas. Acc. IV. 81.
To Colin Campbell for to pas to Amyas his pilgrimage
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 474.
In passing of pilgrymage I pride me full mekle

b. fig. With reference to life viewed as a pilgrimage, cf. Pilgrim n. c. — c1460 Wisd. Sol. (S.T.S.) 311.
This present pilgremage quhilk passis as a schadow daily
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxx. 30.
And pacientlie pas ouir this pilgramage
1588 King Cat. 87.
During the pilgramedg of this transitorie lif

c. transf. A place to which a pilgrimage is made. — 1490 Acta Conc. I. 153/2.
[The] committaris of the said slauchter … sall … seik … the four hede pilgrimage of Scotlande and thare say mes for the saule
1554 Crim. Trials I. i. 372.
The four heid pilgromagis in Scotland

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