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Quietnes, Quyetnes, n. Also: qwyet(t)-; quiat-, quyat-; quyit-, (quyt-); quayet-; queat-; queyt-; quhiet-; (quhat-) and -ness(e; (quiettles). [e.m.E. and late ME quietnes (c1450), f. Quiet adj. Cf. Quiet n.]

1. The condition of peace or good order, absence of disturbance, of or in or within a society or community or the like. (1) [I] sal ever be redde to … ȝour moste honerable contentasion, and velcht and quayetnes off bothe the realmis; 1545 St. P. Henry VIII V 411.
Mair respectand thair particular querrellis nor the quietnes of the cuntre; 1566 Reg. Privy C. I 490.
The honors of ȝour maiestie and ȝour realme, and weill and quyetnes of the same; 1566–7 Anderson Collect. Mary I i 44.
And to the confort, and quietnes of this trubillit and afflictit commoun weilth; Lyndesay Pref. (S.T.S.) 402.
1570 Q. Mary in Southesk MSS 722/2.
For the wele and quietnes of the bordouris; Leslie 98.
To the contentment of all and quietnes of the Universitie; 1579 Comm. Univ. III (Glasgow) 190.
Becaus of the great quyetnes and stabilitie of this commoun weill; 1588 Kirkcaldy B. Rec. 119.
That the quietnes and stabilitie of our religion and kirk doth depend [etc.]; 1580 Facs. Nat. MSS III lxx.
Thay salbe … puneist as … perturbers of the queytnes of our realme and estait; Hist. Jas. VI (1825) 364.
(2) For establishing of gude reull and quietnes in the cuntrie; 1567 Reg. Privy C. in
Reg. Morton I 24.
The counterfout assaultaris touke the flicht and quytnes [Trans. quyetnes] was in the toun for that nicht; Bann. Memor. 91.
That in Berwick whair commonlie befoir thair used to be slauchter be ressone of quarrellis … amongis soldartis thair was as great quyetnes; Knox II 280.
Thair was gret pace and quyetnes in Scotland the space of thrie ȝeiris; Pitsc. II 112 (I).
For the better intertynning of peace and quyetnes within the saidis bounds; 1604 Reg. Privy C. VII 19.
Quyetnes; 1609 Misc. Maitl. C. II 395.
Sa lang sall thair nevir be gude ordour nor quietnes in the Kirk of God; Q. Kennedy Compendious Ressonyng (ed.) 171/32.
And scarcely had we qwyettnesse in the publick worshipp; 1651 Rothiemay Kirk S. in
J. Gordon Hist. I App. to Pref. lviii.
(3) Inemyis to peax and quietnes inclynit to stouthe and reif; 1553 Reg. Privy C. I 149.
With gude successioun to our quyetnes; Maitland Maitl. F. 35/48.
Gif peace and quyetnes be the end socht; Bann. Memor. 238.
A. Cuninghame went into Scotland with ansuer to Lennox to keip quyetnes quhill new adverteismente; 1571 Leslie in Misc. Bann. C. III 133.
He brocht letteris to the lordis, praying thame to intertenye quyetnes; Knox II 166.
1573 Davidson Sat. P. xlii 585, 590.
This fort of men wald haue na quyetnes; Maitland Maitl. Q. 177/13.
Lyke as transgressouris of the statuts of the commoun weill and quyetnes; 1577 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I 41.
That they spak … as privat men disyrouse of common quyetnes; 1587 Warrender P. (S.H.S.) II 39.
Sen the capitulation of the 14 nothing hes occurred bot quietnes; 1593 Colville Lett. 101.
Ib. 103.
Dalr. II 397/5.
And others amongst them desire quietnesse and peace to the kirk for suretie of their owne estats; 1596–7 R. Bruce in Calderwood V 571.
When the kirk had gotten some quyetnes; Row 73.
And for quiettles [sic] and guid nychtbourheid to be had; 1577 Prot. Bk. J. Scott MS 37b.
(4) To be repute … as seditious personis and troubillaris of the commoun quietnes; 1566 Reg. Privy C. I 469.
And intertenyt the publict quietnes amangis hir hienes subjectis; 1567 Ib. I 513.
To interteyne the quietnes and restraine the troublesome men under your charge; 1589 James VI in Fœdera XVI 27.
(5) Then it is lyke we culd haif ane perpetual quyetnes; 1561 Cal. Sc. P. I 541.
Mortoun … pacefeit the seditionis … quhairthrow oure said soveranis liegis enjoyit ane ressonabill quietnes and rest; 1577–8 Reg. Privy S. VII 236/1.
To bliss this … kingdome with ane vniversall peace and quietnes; 1615 Denmylne MSS in
Highland P. III 173.
(6) The hous and toun sall nocht faill to be gotten and the legis put to quiatnes; 1547 Corr. M. Lorraine 210.
To put the realme to ane quyatnes; c1554 Ib. 379.
I hoip … your grace sall son breng this realme to ane quyatnes; Ib. 380.
Ib.
This present discorde put to rest and the commonweill put to quyetnes; Pitsc. I 22/35.
Onles sic eelest war put to rest and queatnes; 1580 Inverness Rec. I 287.
And sett the kirk at rest and quietnesse; 1573–4 Calderwood III 307.

b. Absence of strife betuix(t, amang(is (persons or communities); amity with (another person or group). (1) And to heif peax and quayetnes betuix thir two ralmis; 1545 St. P. Henry VIII V 418.
And establishing of a perfecte order and stedfast quietnes betwixt tham [sc. Scotland and England]; 1587–8 Cal. Sc. P. IX 534.
His bairnes to be with quyatnes, luiffe, and cheretie amang thame selffis; 1592 Wemyss Chart. 307.
That thair newir suld be peax nor quyetnes betuix hir and hir guidman thairefter … neyther yit was ther ewir peax or quyetnes betuixt tham; 1596–7 Misc. Spald. C. I 95.
With the quhilk the saids pairteis compremittaris for intertening of quyetnes amangis the bowellis of the said burght war content; 1596 Aberd. B. Rec. in Kennedy Aberd. Ann. II 218.
To advyse annent gude ordour and mentenyng of quietnes and brotherlie love amongis the breither; 1612 St. A. Baxter Bks. 77.
(2) That King Henry was … ane lufar of peace and quietnes quhilk he had intertenyit with … Scotland duringe all the tyme of his reigne; Leslie 28.
That he sall obserue our souerane lordis peace, keip guid reule and quyetnes in the cuntrie with the saidis Peter Balmanno [etc.]; 1626 Justiciary Cases I 40.
Ib. 41.

c. (To live, or be) at (gret) quietnes, in peace, amity, good order, absence of disturbance. Utheris the legis has … tayn consait that thai mycht leif at mair quyatnes and justice under the Inglis nor our awn natioun; 1548 Corr. M. Lorraine 241.
And ȝit [we] desyris maist feruentlie … to leue at quietnes … in all godlie vnitie with all thais quha [etc.]; Winȝet I 66/21.
We sall suparsed quhell … that ye be at mair quhatnes; 1570 Waus Corr. 73.
The realme of Scotland being … at quietnes; Leslie 28.
Quyitnes; Pitsc. I 79/1.
Thai … war content … to leiff at quyatnes … without ony nouatioun or alteratioun to be … socht be thame; 1551–83 Aberd. Baillie Ct. 15.
Whair as all the … brughes … leivit … at gryte rest and quyetnes; Spalding I 187.

2. Peace or tranquillity as a condition of an individual person or persons; peaceableness; freedom from molestation; peace or tranquillity of mind. (1) That they [lieges] sould conteine them selfis in quyetnes keip pace and ciuile societie amangis them selfis; 1561 Digest Justiciary Proc. D. 15.
And the bourdouraris returnit … to thair ould possessiones quhilkis thay labored with gret quietnes thaireftir; Leslie 232.
For how can I exhorte utheris to peace and Cryssin quyetnes gif I confes myself ane authour and mover of seditioun? Knox II 412.
The debait … appeirit irreconcilabill bot the Haistingis fel from it schortlie, quhidder throw desyre of quyetnes, or that they mistraistit thair awin strenth … is vncertaine; Charteris Wall. Pref. 163.
She recommendit unto them unitie of myndis peax and quyetnes; Hist. Jas. VI (1825) 3.
(2) Our soverane lady being for the tyme in her maist secreit chamber thairof att hir quietnes, having na feir nor dreidour of hir subjects; 1566 Crim. Trials I i 481.
And houpit in God all suld cum for thair weillis and quyatnes he being taine away that was the prynsepell causser of sick bluid scheid amangis tham selffis; 1580 Fam. Innes 139.
1592 Conv. Burghs I 387 (see 3 (2) below).
(3) Sustene abstene keip weill in ȝour mynd [etc.] … For ȝe sall thairby grit quyetnes fynd; Bann. MS 83b/3.
That I am at a quyetnes with God in my conscience; 1570 Bann. Memor. 60.
For in thair conscience is mair quyetnes In greitest troublis nor [etc.]; 1573 Davidson Sat. P. xl 246.
The quyetnes and gude peace of our conscience decayes; King Cat. App. 15a.
A ministers confidence and quietnes in his particular ministry; Durham Comm. Rev. 53.

3. ? Absence of noise. For he perceaving quyetness he speikis vpone Latein to Leonard Leslie … craveing his help … to wyn away; Spalding I 54.

4. In quietnes. a. In peace (in various above senses). In rest and quietnes, id.; also (in Dalr.), in time of peace. I knawe of na newe novationis … for this realme is in guid quhietnes; 1550–1 Corr. M. Lorraine 345.
Effeminat personis or babis, impotent to defende vs throu iustice in quietnes and rest; Winȝet I 44/11.
He being ane sober gentleman willing to leaf in quietnes; 1563 Boyd Fam. P. No. 48 (15 Feb.).
1567 Reg. Privy C. I 513.
And ȝit hes the maist part of thir … departit in the Lord, in quietnes; Lyndesay Pref. (S.T.S.) 401.
[James II] rewlit and governit his subjectis in greit quyetnes; Leslie 27.
Quhilk was the cause we satt in goode peace and quyitnes in Scottland; Pitsc. II 111/11.
In all quyetnes and peceabill maner to use thame selues; 1592 Conv. Burghs I 386.
1602 Dundonald Par. Rec. 23.
Bot all is in qwyetnes and guid ordoure; 1619 Colquhoun Chart. 241.
For quhen men ar lang ydle, in rest and quyetnes, thay grow strenthles; Dalr. II 13/2.
Ib. 125/32.

b. In secret. Cf. Quiet n. 3. Althocht the conspiratouris thocht to have this matter … in quyetnes, yet … the King of France gat wit of the samin tressoun; Pitsc. I 185/14.
Mr. Andro Melvin … did in great quyetnes and secrecie send to him this mirrie and quick distichon; Row 300.

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