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Relict, n. Also: -licte, -licht; -lect; -lickit, -lyquhitt. [e.m.E. relict a deserted person (1592), a survivor (1598), otherwise appar. only Sc. till 1646, L. relict-, p.p. stem of relinquere to leave behind. In sense 5 ‘more immediately ad. med. L. relicta sb. or OF relicte (14th c.)’ (OED). See also Relik n. and the note thereto.]
1. A relic. = Relik n. 1.Relict Sonday, see Relik n. 1 d. 1535 Stewart 19064.
In his armes that relict he did brais, Oft kissand it 1540 Lynd. Sat. 2086 (Ch.) (see Relik n. 1 a (b)). 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 4.
[James IV] was verray … stoudious in bigging of kirkis, sercheing of relictis of sanctis 1638 Nat. Covenant in Facs. Nat. MSS III xcvii. 1665–7 Lauder Jrnl. 19.
One of the fathers … did let us sy the relicts of the church 1688 Soc. Ant. II 456.
A box with relicts, wherein were lying amongst silk [etc.] … pieces of bonesattrib. 1553–4 Edinb. B. Rec. II 344.
Gottin on Sanct Gelis day and Relict Sonday for Sanct Gelis day, in fre money 1555–6 Ib. 363.
b. An object preserved because of an association with the past. 1632 Lithgow Trav. v 195.
The apple … there [sc. in Constantinople] is reserved for a relict of the fruit of the forbidden tree
2. A reliquary. Cf. Relik n. 4. 1518 Perth Hammermen 3.
Giffin for brokin silver to the relict 1535 Treas. Acc. VI 248.
Ane relict … weyand xxxvj vnce iij grote wecht a1689 Cleland 88.
And wearing relicts, cross, or beads
4. coll. and pl. That which remains, is left over, or is left behind. = Relik n. 6 a and b. b. A surviving trace (of sin).(1) 1570 Sat. P. xxiv 41.
Ganȝelons gettis, relict of Synoins seid(2) 1560 Bk. Disc. 220.
To be comptit ilk yeare anis, with the relictis of the Principallis to be layed into the saminb. a1658 Durham Commandments (1675) Ep. Ded. (J).
He hath thought it fit that some relicts of sin … should indwell
5. The widow (of a man). = Relik n. 7.Also without const., and ? comb. in relict executrice.Chiefly in formal writings, esp. legal documents. c1335 Liber Scon 123.
[Cristana quondam relicta Andree de Aynstrothir 1347 Reg. Dunferm. 263.]
Cristiana Beseth relicta quondam domini Johannis Beseth(1) 1513–14 Dundas Fam. P. lxxiii.
Margret the relict of umquhile William Dundas 1520 Fife Sheriff Ct. 198.
Frow Maite the relict of wmquhil George Muncreife 1541 Aberd. B. Rec. I 175. 1569 Prot. Bk. J. Robeson MS 85.
Janet Scot the relict & intromissatrix with the geir & gudis of the said vmquhil Allane Andersoun 1574 Glasgow B. Rec. I 25.
That nane brew except fremen or the relictis of fremen 16.. Old Ross-shire I 30. 1606 Rollock's Thess. Dedication.
What … kyndnesse ye have vttered … towardes his relict and postume c1610 Melville Mem. (1683) 128. 1622-6 Bisset II 19/6.
Gif … he … deceissed, thereftir his wyfe and relict suld bruik and joise the samin [lands and possessions] c1630 Grant Chart. 225.
Relicte 1631 Morison Dict. Decis. 8034.]
[The L. Whittingham … pursues the Lady relict of his said author for contravention a1633 Hope Major Pract. II 18.
That the relict of ane lord of sessione should enjoy the priviledges of the lords of session indureing her viduity 1664 St. A. Baxter Bks. 131.
Quhat sumeuir brother or brotheris relict sall … giue ane leaff to the dusson [etc.] … that ilk brother or brother relict mark thair bread with thair name and surname 1686 Cramond Kirk S. II 5 Sept.
Mistres Hume a ministers relict(b) 1491 Acta Aud. 154/1.
Elizabethe Countas of Rothes the relect of the said vmquhile erle(c) 1565 Prot. Bk. Gilbert Grote 68.
Relyquhitt 1646 Army of the Covenant II 496.
Payed to his relickit for the vse of his childrine, £15(2) 1552 Reg. Cupar A. II 106.
Margaret … relict of vmquhile Johne Fyf 1597 Crail B. Ct. MS 31 Oct.
Jonnet Thomsone relicte of vmquhill Maister Johne Robertsone 1616 Brechin Kirk S. 21 May. 1617 Orkney Bp. Ct. 17b. 1635 Elgin Rec. II 230.
Thomas Carmichell was contracted and handfastit with Marjory Man, relict of vmquhill Nicoll Duff 1696 Galloway P. 10 March. — 1561 Reg. Privy S. V i 225/2.
Agnes Murray relict and aucht faderles barnis(b) 1554 Dundee B. Ct. II fol. 326 (27 July).
Jonet Makeson relicht of vmquhile Andro Dauidsone(3) 1574 Reg. Privy S. VI 483/2.
At the instance of the relict … and the remanent kin and freindis of umquhile Walter Innes c1630 Hope Minor Practicks (1726) 24.
If the relict and bairns … desired the office of executry [etc.] 1640 Kirkcudbr. Min. Bk. 89. 1642 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct.) 24 March.
Gewen doune be the relict  scheipe mae nor is in the testament 1662 Decis. Lords G. 24.
Till the term of payment of the annualrent, the relict could not live perquire 1681 Stair Inst. ii vi § 14.
The sheriff … must also … ken the relict to her terce(4) c1575 Balfour Pract. 114.
Leivand behind him a relict, or lady tiercar 1686 Fountainhall Decis. I 726.
Even as a relict will get as many coals out of a going heugh … as may serve the use of her family(5) 1661 Edinb. Test. LXX 11b.
In full … satisfactione to my said spous of her awin pairt callit the relicts pairt 1681 Stair Inst. iii iv § 24.comb. 1577–8 Reg. Privy C. II 664.
In the saidis Margaret Dundas as relict executrice … and hir said spous for his interes passive
b. The widower (of a woman). 1647 Falkirk Baron Ct. 14 Sept.
James Aitkeine in Falkirk relict of vmquhill Agnis Galbreathe
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