A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Plat, Platt(e, n.3 Also: plaite. [e.m.E. platte (1521–12), plat (1525), related to e.m.E. plot (see Plot n.1).]
1. A sketch of a piece of territory, a map; a plan or diagram of a building or the like, a draught or design. Also fig. and transf.
[On the west seas elsewhere than at Kirkewbarie or Sanct Mary Ile whereof I made the warden get your grace the] plattis; 1547 Cal. Sc. P. I. ii.
Than we dessyirrit them to mark in the plat … [qwhat] war ane ressonabil dewision and we swld do the lyik; 1552 Corr. M. Lorraine 358.
Al Galloway wilbe for the Quene [etc.]. … By this plat of the cuntrey it will easely appeir [etc.]; 1570 Warrender P. (S.H.S.) I. 83.
To consult vpoun … sum platt of the forme of the hows and quhat money micht do the sam; 1587 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 497.
To mak or caus be maid all sortis of playing cardes cartes mappis plattis; 1606 Edinb. Biblio. Soc. Publ. I. 3.
It is hard … to resolve upoun the full nomber of cannon, bullett and powlder till the platt of the fortificatiouns be made; 1628 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II. 187.
The survayes and plat [sc. for a new Holyrood Palace] meed by Johne Myllne, his Majestie's Mr messone; 1663 Mylne Master Masons 148.
transf. This Electra gret Atlas begat That on hys schuldyr baris the hevynnys plat; Doug. viii. iii. 96.
fig. Togeather with the platt of peace imprented in your eyes; Fowler I. 91/123.
2. a. A scheme or design of the actual or proposed arrangement of anything. b. A scheme or plan of action in some undertaking.
See also Lay v.1 7 for further examples.
I … sall warrand … the said landis … fre off all … assedationis, assignationis, plats, seisings [etc.]; 1545 Blackfriars Perth 171.
Thai ar begone to cast ane gryt fo[ussay about the ? ] thown of Carleill and makis ane plat for [reparation ? ] of the setadell; ? 1545 Corr. M. Lorraine 135.
A guid part of us saw the last yeir a certane plat vnder the forme of articles projected tending to this end [sc. association between Scotland and England]; 1570 Bann. Memor. 25.
[Adame Foullartoun … has lately] discoverit a plat and meane quhairby [etc.]; 1584 Reg. Privy C. III. 681.
The secretayr … had sett down certayn plattis onto the king how he mycht preserve his stayt in obedience; 1586 Cal. Sc. P. VIII. 346.
Gif thow beheld him ons in to the face Vith speid thow vold repent thé of thy plat [sc. for single combat without a helmet]; J. Stewart 61/143.
In placing first his propositioun to the quhilk derectly I oppone a contrair plat; Fowler II. 13/21.
Vpon his deliberations, platts and proiects na newe prence can build his courses; Ib. 151/28.
Gif thou find thine affection to be … out of rule, carrying the plat fra God and agains his lawe beware of it; R. Bruce Serm. 112.
And thairefter we sall lett your lordschippis understand ane uther plat concerning the money; 1591 M. Napier Mem. J. Napier 230.
[Your majesty has learned of] the haile platt [of my errand under two heads]; 1592–3 Cal. Sc. P. XI. 39.
This warld … hes bene occupied in counsels, in laying of plattis, in setting doun purposis and taking consultatioun; Rollock Wks. I. 367.
There hes bene two kinde of kirks in our Christian world (althogh now tyme and commodity of reformation may inueterat the platte); Birnie Kirk-b. xiii.
Nayne can ather swa weill tak wp the drift of your maiesteis plattis … as he can doe; 1606 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI 89.
I think best for oure platt that we meit all at my hous; 1609 Acts IV. 420/1.
Hee … drew forth of the English [liturgy] booke a plat in Latine and sent it to Mastir Calvin; 1636 Re-examination of the Five Articles i.
Our doctrine will not let a man lay his platt upon Heaven that is not in the way to it; 1638 Dickson in Sel. Biog. II. 24.
c. A scheme for some action regarded as nefarious; hence, contextually, a (nefarious) plot or conspiracy.
The plat laid be the sumtyme Erlis of Angus and Mar [for the abduction of the king]; 1584–5 Crim. Trials I. ii. 140.
Brutis and rumouris alsweill of foreyne as intestine plattis and preparationis for the trouble of the trew and Christeane religioun; 1589–90 Reg. Privy C. IV. 465.
1590 Crim. Trials I. ii. 203.
Dreiding sum disastrus plat; Burel Pilgr. ii. xviii.
It is thy plat and course, o mightye love, To trayne me to thy girns agane & snaire; Fowler I. 209/1.
Julyis secundis … perceaving the port to be oppned to all new platts & courses by which he might gather treasure; Ib. II. 93/28.
1594 Warrender P. (S.H.S.) II. 252.
He … past in France to adverteis the king and the Duc of Guyse of the plattis of Ingland and Scotland devysit to suppres the queynis trew subjects; Hist. Jas. VI (1825) 96.
That Williame Bannatyne wes the wyte of all the maister of Orknayis plattis laying; 1596 Crim. Trials I. ii. 396.
The verie sam tyme was the platt a dressin against the Erle of Morton, na wayes … suspected of anie. Sa that the platt leyers wald haiff suspected a discoverie, giff they haid nocht knawin the man to be lunatik; Melvill 82.
This wes ane laid plat for me; 1600 Misc. Bann. C. I. 176.
Nor upoun na counsale nor platt aganis the trew religioun; 1602 Reg. Privy C. VI. 716.
They his platts and policie suspect; Garden Kings 19.
Platt's; Id. Garden 28.
Id. Elphinstoun 577.
3. A scheme of the actual or proposed distribution of churches and arrangements for their supply, within a particular area or over a limited period.
That my lord clerk of register [etc.] … devyse a platt of the presbytries and constitutiouns therof as best appeirit be thair judgement; 1580 Bk. Univ. Kirk II. 470.
Concerning Angus and Merns, report was made that the brethren had concurred, and layd a plat of the presbytrie whereupon they had agreed; 1581 Ib. 524.
Every presbitrie … to direct a speciall brother … with a constant platt of the kirks within thair presbitries; and the said brether swa directed, with the commissioners forsaids, to conclude and put in forme a constant platt of thair presbitrie, and so furth to proceid, quhill the worke be wholie … compleit; 1595 Ib. III. 850.
Ane perfyt rentall of the B. of Orkney with the plat of kirks of the diocie thairof; ? 1610 Orkney Rentals iii. 6.
Et hoc secundum modificationes per dominos commissionarios, plantationem lie interim platt dict. ecclesiarum et augmentationes et explanationes per commissionarios novissimi parliamenti; 1620 Reg. Great S. 770/2.
Forbes Rec. 347.
The synod, finding that there are some roomes in Kilmichall paroach, that, according to the new platt pertaines now to the paroach of Kilmartine [etc.]; 1655 Argyll Synod II. 101.
The old book of the assignations of ministers stipends and yearly plat thereof; 1687 Mackenzie Observ. on Sc. Statutes 177.
4. spec. The scheme, first instituted by an Act of Privy Council, 1573 (1573 Reg. Privy C. II. 227–8), for even territorial distribution of churches, supply of ministers and provision of stipends, as appointed by a commission of Privy Council or of Parliament ‘for plantation of kirks and valuation of teinds’.
Also constant (also perpetuall) platt.
(1) To crave answers to the articles given in lately by the Assemblie to his hienes and counsell and if a delaying answer be given to crave that the platt be superceded till they receive the said answer; 1580 Bk. Univ. Kirk II. 464.
We recomendit to your cair the prosecution of this platt anent the sustentation of the ministerie; 1589 Lett. Jas. VI to Bruce 279.
Anent the platt and provision of stipends at every kirk; 1597 Bk. Univ. Kirk III. 932.
By some the plat was embraced as a barre of brasse to hold out bischops; Scot Course of Conformity 50.
For the better expedition of the platt; Calderwood III. 374.
My lords design … was to possesse the incumbents … with gleebs conform to the present establishment all the kingdom over, as the plat and provision run by the kings appointment; Fraser Polichron. 237.
(2) As to the concluding of a perpetuall platt, the said brethren shall have power to conferr with the saids lords [sc. modifiers], and give their advice how a perpetuall platt may be established; 1587 Bk. Univ. Kirk II. 726.
To give thair advyce … to his majestie anent the planting of every particular kirk within this realme; to make such overture as they can best devyse twiching the constant platt; 1597 Ib. III. 928.
That the best way for the planting of the saids kirks is the furtherance of the constant platt for locall stipends to be appointit to every kirk within this realme; 1601 Ib. 969.
Forbes Rec. 365.
There was also appearance of a constant platt for providing perpetuall stipends to all the parish kirks; Calderwood V. 388.
b. The commission administering this scheme, or a session of this commission.
Plat-server, ? one who acts obsequiously towards this commission in the hope of their favour.
The thirds were distribute amongst the ministers in this sort. … The king and the queen past a commission … to a number of the nobility and ministers for meeting … at Edinburgh and for modifying the stipend to the ministers of these kirks which were planted; which meeting was called the platt and this platt sat yearly; Hope Minor Practicks (1726) 18.
Who sall awaite vpon the platt for modifieing of the ministers stipends; 1581 Bk. Univ. Kirk II. 535.
That the Assemblie procure provision to ministers wanting both sufficient stipends and dwelling. A. Referrs to the platt; 1583 Ib. 635.
That Mr Robert Pont … and Mr Robert Bruce awate upon the nixt plat for provisioun and planting of the kirkis and ministrie; 1589 Lothian and Tweeddale Synod 7.
Quhill the nixt platt and ordour to be takin be his majesteis doaris for ministeris stipendis; 1590 St. A. Kirk S. 662.
That support may be presentle … gevin to Mr. Jhone Authinlek … quhill the nixt generall platt, that ordinar stipend may be procurit be the haill congregatioun to him at the said platt; Ib. 678.
1595 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 118.
That we haif grauntit ane commissione for the plat of this yeir; 1596–7 Warrender P. (S.H.S.) II. 306.
The sam yeir 1590, meining my self to the plat, I gat fourscore pounds in augmentatioun; Melvill 7.
The moderator [etc.] … are past south to the plat to travell for the provision of the kirks in the presbyterie; 1606 Ellon Presb. 59.
To the modiefiers of the nixt platt; 1608 Lett. Eccl. Affairs I. 151.
Our commissionar at the platt; 1618 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 163.
1622 Conv. Burghs III. 132.
[Sir George Bruce, one of the commissioners] appointed be the lordis of the estaitt for attending the plantatioun of the kirkis, for his expenssis attending the said platt; 1624 Ib. 164.
The provision appoynted by the plat for both, 740 merkis; Rep. Parishes 30.
Ib. 50; etc.
The[t] he hes the extract of the plat; 1630 Moray Synod 25.
The brethren appointed to sit on the constant platt; Scot Narr. 121.
comb. The affirmative voters … either had their commissions procured by their bishops or else were … plat-servers for augmentation of stipends; Proceedings Assemblie Holden at Perth in 1618 (1619) 16.
c. Lords, commissioners, commission, of platt, modifiers of the constant platt, also once, the lord of the platt.
For other titles of this body, see also Lord n. 17, and esp. Modifiar n.
That all the kirks of the prelacies be plantit with sufficient pastours and be provydit with competent livings as the modifiers of the constant platt [Melvill 548, plaite] sall think expedient; 1602 Bk. Univ. Kirk III. 988.
To the locall stipend therof modifeit be the lords of plat; 1618 Ellon Presb. 102.
[To wait on] the lordis of platt, [and] to se quhat modificatioun culd be gottin to the minister of this burgh furth of the teindis thairof; 1622–3 Ayr B. Acc. 278.
His local stipend as it was modified by the lord of the platt; 1630 Moray Synod 22.
The commissioners of platt appoynted in parliament; Hope Major Pract. I. 76.
Ib. 74, 210.
The comissione of plat; 1680 Aberd. Council Lett. VI. 202.
To sollicit the lords of platt; Ib.
d. Decreit, also act, of platt, (an) award of this commission. e. Be plat, by award of this commission.
d. [In the suspension … for six bolls victual, contained in the decreet of the plat 1618, for crop 1639; 1650 Brown Suppl. Dict. Decis. I. 468.]
The provision of the kirk declared be the minister to be sex hundreth and twentie merks be decreitt of platt and thrie hundreth merks of augmentation; 1649 Dingwall Presb. 142.
The modr asked the minister if he hade ane decreet of plat and letters of horning; 1672 Inverness Presb. 18.
I find her liverentrix in my decreet of plat of the benefice of the parish of Wardlaw … 1644; Fraser Polichron. 248.
When decreetes of platt were procured he gave localities of land to all his ministers and would not suffer … any exaction to be imposed uppon these platts of ground; Ib. 310.
By an act of platt … the several dignities and ministers … were provided to particular maintainances; Wallace Orkney 61.
e. Tuo hundreth marks of augmentatione to the tvo hundreth marks quhich that kirk had befor be platte in anno 1618; 1660 Cramond Ch. Ordiquhill 15.
f. Buik of (the) plat, the register of this commission.
To insert a request to the lordis modifearis for inbuiking … him in the buik of platt and assigning him a sufficient stipend; 1600 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 172.
The viccarage was set in lang takis as the buik of the plat will beare; 1627 Orkney Rentals iii. 48.
5. The plot or ‘story’ of a literary work.
[Muses,] Blaw in my braine sum of ȝour holsum air … to declair The present plat quhilk pithles I compone; J. Stewart 57/12.
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