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Sacristar(e, -er, -ir, Secrestar, Segrestar(e, Segistar, -er, n. Also: sachrister; secristar, -air; sagristaur; segstar, -er. (Altered f. Sacristan(e n., with ending conformed to agent nouns in -ar; cf. also med. L. sextarius (1216, 1425 in Latham). Also attrib.)(a) c1535 Reg. Soltre 213.
The sacrister sall ryng … the bells of the place after matynis [etc.]
Ib. 214. 1569 Aberd. B. Rec. I 366.
That the sacrister of thair parroche kirk sall caus jow the greit bell … at four hours in the morning
1577–8 Reg. Privy C. II 663.
Sir Patrik Sprewle, sacristare of the Trinity College besyde Edinburgh
1607–8 Misc. Spald. C. V 134.
Johne Kilgour, sacristar of the cathedrall kirk of Aberdene
1621 Acts IV 665/2.
The tenementis [etc.] … quhilkis pertenit of auld to the sacristeris and prebendaries of the colledge kirk of Lincluden
1622-6 Bisset I 100/31.
Deanis, archedenes, … sachristeris, keiparis, alsweill of cathedrale as metropolitan as collegiate kirkis
1630 Aberd. B. Rec. III 27.
The sacristar and keipar of the paroche kirk
1632 Ib. 45. 1641 Ib. 253.
The iniunctionis maid … be the … counsell of this burghe, to be … observeit be the sacrister or kirk warden tharof
Ib. 265.
Thomas Cowie, kirk sacristir
c1650 Spalding I 166.
Mr. Johne Lundie, humanist or gramariar, … Patrik Innes, sacrister, … Doctour Gordoun, medicinar
1651 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 116.
Thomas Cowie, sacristar, to keip ane perfect registar of the buriallis
1658 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 179.
Ane registre of baptisms begune be Walter Cullen, sacrister
(b) a1595 Cullen Chron. Aberd. 55.
William Walcar, sumtyme chaplane in paris kyrk in Aberden, and secrestar thairof
Ib. 58.
John Smyth, secristar of the kyrk of Aberden
(c) 1503 Aberd. B. Rec. in Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II 342.
The sagristaur [v.r. sagristane] sale have for ilka graiwe makin and bellis ringin … viij d.
1521 Ib. 354.
That na maner of man be warnit to pas with Sanct Nicholes bred except … that beis lauchtfully warnit by the segrestare
1549 Aberd. B. Rec. I 274.
Item at thair be bot ane kirk dur of the parroche kirk oppin … during the tyme of this pest and that the segrestar keep the same
(d) 1525 Aberd. B. Rec. I xli.
Quhene thair hapins ane man of guid … to deceis, … the segister that beis for the tyme sall ring all that nicht and till his dirige and saule [pr. salbe] mes, and sall haif thairfoir vi s. viii d.
Segistar, segster
1531 Ib. 143.
That the segstar … sall tak thame [sc. animals] … efter thai cum in the kirk ȝard and put thame in a sicker houis. … And the segstar … to ansuer for the keiping of the kirk ȝard
1615 Inverness Rec. II 131.attrib. 1585–6 Liber Scon App. 230.
With the yairds thairof callit Lyoniscroft, Trinitie croft, and Secristair croft

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