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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).

Pupil(l)aritie n. Also: puppillar-, poupillar-, puplear-. [F. pupilarité (1398 in Du Cange), f. as Pupillar adj.1. Only Sc.] The stage of life at which one is a ‘pupil’ (Pupil(l n.2 1) or below the age of legal puberty. 1561 Crim. Trials I i 415.
The said James, beand bayth minor and approacheand mair to pupillaritie nor maioritie … , aucht not to vnderly the law for the lybellit pretendit cryme
1583–4 Reg. Privy C. III 641.
His tutour in his name during the yeiris of his pupillaritie
1584–5 Misc. Spald. C. II 343.
Or gif it salhappin hir to marie during the pupillaritie of my saidis barnis
1586 Edinb. Test. XV 357b.
Onlie tutrix & testamentar to my said sone during the tyme of his foirsaid pupillaritie
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. ii 29. 1630 Boyd Fam. P. No. 137 (22 Oct.).
Dureing the tutorie and pupillaritie of the said Johne hir soune
1634 M. P. Brown Suppl. Decis. I 88.
The bairn was yet within 14 years of age, and so within the years of pupillarity, so that his tutory … yet continued
1641 Acts V 551/2.
Our soverane lord … approves the contract … in … behalfe of the said erle … in respect of his pupillaritie
1643 Stirlings of Keir 455.
The tyme of his poupillaritie and les eage
1654 Misc. Spald. C. II 241. 1655 Douglas Chart. 339.
In cais … my eldest sone deceise within the yeires of puplearitie of brother Archbald
1661 Edinb. Test. LXX 95b.
In the puppillaritie of my said chyld
c1665 Craig-Brown Selkirkshire I 422.
Taking advantage of the pupillarity of the deceased Maria, Countess of Buccleuch
1667 Stitchill Baron Ct. 48.
Also the saids Stephen Burne and James Lidgait minors … are at the lairds mercy … for the said blood becaus of their present minority pupillarity and less age
1681 Stair Inst. iii viii 19.
And though the children survive their pupillarity [etc.]
1682 Stirlings of Keir 472.
Pupillaritie and nonage
1683 Melville Chart. 181. 1691 Wedderburn Bk. II 60.
1696 Reg. Privy C. MS (1695–97) 150.
Leaveing behind him seven sones wherof the eldest hes not yet attained the yeiris of pupillaritie
pl. 1685 Fountainhall Decis. I 342.
For several years since the expiration of their respective pupillarities

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