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Scath(e, Scaith, Schath(e, Schaith, n. Also: scatht, sckath, skath(e, skatht, skat; scaitht, scaythe, sc(k)ayth(t, scayt, sckait, skaith(e, skaitht, skaiethe, skayth(e, skaytht, skaythth, skaythit, skait, skayt; skeith(e, skeit, skeyth; skeath(e; sketh, sket; skyth; scaid; schatht, schat(e, schacht, schatth, chad; schaith, s(c)hayth, schait(e; schaid, schayd; schecht. [ME and e.m.E. scathe (Layamon), scath, skath (Cursor M.), schathe (c1350), OE sc(e)aða one who injures; hurt, injury, ON skaði harm, damage OFris. skatha, skada injury.]Freq. in collocation, esp. in sense 1, with Harm n. and Hurt n.

1. Harm, damage; hurt suffered, threatened or perpetrated. Freq. const. to (till) the person or body of persons suffering harm. Also a particular instance of harm, etc.As: physical damage or injury, damage to (one's) interests or property, defeat or loss of men in battle, spiritual or moral harm, etc.See also *Ill-scath.Some quots., esp. with possessives ((3) below), refer to harm threatened or perpetrated in contradistinction to the more frequent sense of harm suffered.(1) 1409 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 72.
Gif ony … wittis or persavis ony maner of grefe skath or perele apperand til othir he sal … revele it
1456 Hay II 112/24.
For fault of … provisioun men wald purvay thame that thai suld pas with lesse cost and scathe
1459 Ayr Chart. 31.
In … lessing of the saide fare hurt … to oure said burgh and skath to the cuntre
a1500 Bernardus 48.
Slewthe and delay oft causis mekyl skatht
a1568 Bann. MS 80b/46.
To thé it is bot dowble skath
(b) 1375 Barb. i 202.
Gyff ony of thaim thar-at war wrath Thai watyt hym wele with gret scaith
?1438 Alex. i 2623.
That cours had turnit to great skaith To thame
c1420 Ratis R. 145.
That thow may with thin eris here … To knaw profyt and eschew scaith
1436–7 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 5.
For till eschew apperand greitt skaith
1460 Hay Alex. 2611.
For litill tribut littill scaith will mak
a1500 Henr. Orph. 103.
Dredand for scaith sche fled quhen scho him saw
c1475 Wall. iii 12.
Throw wer sic skaith, at labour was away
1508 Reg. Privy S. I 258/2.
To the eschewing of dampnage and skaith that mycht happin betuix thaim
1513 Doug. ii ii 66.
To me this was fyrst apperans of skaith
Ib. ix v 29.
To set apon thame and await with skaith The place surly we haue espyit baith
1525 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 279.
Causis quhar occultacioune of the verite may gener gret dampnaige hurt or skaitht to the innocent heir
1533 Boece 37b.
And the mater was nocht fer fra appering skaith [L. non procul ab iniuria]
1535 Stewart 36720.
Traist nocht … of me That I … cruell be, … The quhilk to me war ouir greit skayth and lak
Ib. 51361.
Robert the Bruce for dampnage skayth and pand That he had tane out of Northumberland Threttie thousand [pounds] … To King Edward for recompans sould pa
1536–7 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. II 84.
It behuifit to set ane pairt of thair commoun mvre quhilk was maist proffitable and leist skaith to the tovne
1551 Hamilton Cat. 11.
Consideratioun of gret skaith that cummis of ane evil toung
1561 St. A. Kirk S. 103.
And the said Schyr Jhon Borthuik not to hav falyet tharintyll, nor to have deservit infamite, punischement, nor skayth tharfor
a1568 Scott ii 59.
Ane freynd … Quha stall away thair styngis bath clair And hid in secreit wayis For skaith
a1570-86 Maitl. F. 368/10.
I sall wey bayth in ane ballance Wynning and skayth I sall we bayth
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 4.
Quhair of come greit skaith on this realme
1588 King Cat. 14.
Sinne bringes sua greate skaithe to the saule
1590–1 Crim. Trials I ii 232.
That thair wald be grit skayth baith be see and land
1596 Dalr. I 330/31.
Weiris ar begun with gret slauchtir on baith sydes, disproffet and skaith
1626 Ancram & Loth. Corr. I 41.
Summa ius, summa injuria; there is skaith aneugh alreddie
1669 Glasgow B. Rec. III 115.
A lantrone … for preserving the candle or light thei sie with for eshewing of skaith may cume therby
1706 Corshill Baron Ct. 217.
Frie … from future personall and uthir hurtis and skaith threatned and minaced be the said Georg
(c) 1609 Skene Reg. Maj. ii 26.
Be the quhilk hurt or skeath may follow or be done to … our gude friends
(d) 1474 Reg. Morton II 223.
[We] annullis … & brekis al & sindry charteres … that may mak derogacioun schaith hurt … or hendryng to the said lord
(e) 1433 Swintons App. xxxvi.
That thrw the hyding of suthfastnes schate or preiudice may be engenerit till ony innocent
(2) 1375 Barb. i 82.
And thai couth nocht persawe the skaith That towart thaim wes apperand. … Thai trowyt that he [sc. the English king] … Wald hawe iugyt in lawte
c1500 Fyve Bestes 23.
Sen this fule was causar of this scaith Richt so [etc.]
1532 Kennedy Aberd. Ann. II 478.
And the said Nicholas skipar protestit quhat skait hapint to cum or his said schip
1544 Prot. Bk. Hew Rig 32a.
Acknowledged payment … for all the skayth and heyrschip of gudis taken by the said James servants from Holhouse
1571 Lanark B. Rec. 55.
And sall radund the skaith again gef ony hapinnis to be
1596 Dalr. II 132/16.
I wald first apne vp the hail mater to ȝour hienes of the reife, skaith and our silens hithirto
1606 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV 58.
For satisfactioun and assythment of the skaith hurting bluiding and wounding of … John Chalmer
1685-8 Renwick Serm. 458.
The skaith of such a sinful neglect
(b) 1570-3 Bann. Trans. 173.
Bot the skeath fell vpon thameselvis for they slew thair awin man
1584 Sempill Sat. P. xlv 632.
Thankand his God … For his delyvering of that skeath
(c) 1606 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI 84.
The skyth is noicht greitt, onlye ane man deid
(d) a1400 Leg. S. xxxi 470.
Nocht-than thai ordenyt gret landis to bet The schath
(e) 1547 Elgin Rec. I 91.
For the vmcheving of the apperand schayth and damagh of the haill commond veill of the said brucht
(3) ?1438 Alex. ii 10452.
Quhill he be vengit of his skaith
1450 Edinb. Chart. 71.
Foralsmykle as we ar informit … that thai dreid the evil and skath of oure enemies of England
1456 Hay I 185/29.
Be quhat resoune than suld he consent … till his awin scathe of destructioun of his contree, unmaid sekir to be amendit?
c1460 Thewis Wysmen 405.
Of vtheris menis scaith thai ar ay fayn
1470 Peebles B. Rec. I 163.
John Clatter … askyt … lawborowis of Mechel of Forest … and than the balyais askyt at the sayd John gyf he doutyt his skath and than the sayd John suor apon a buk the gret ayth that he doutyt his skath … than the said Mechel com law borch for hym self … that the sayd John Skatter suld be skathlas of hym
1513 Doug. x ii 92.
Than had bene honest tyme … Till haue previdit for thy frendis skaith
1529 Lynd. Complaynt 295.
Quho maist to my skaith consentit, Within few ȝeris full sore repentit
1533 Gau 17/13.
Thay that stoppis nocht thair nichtburs skaith … or warnis noth thaime thair of befor
1562 Reg. Morton I 10.
Sum aysyer way to prowyid ȝour bayrnis … nor be my skayth and dishonour
1584 Sempill Sat. P. xlv 75.
He was herreat, Lamenting sair his losse and skayth
1596 Dalr. I 231/23.
He … lamentis his kais, skaith and diffett, quhilke of the Scottis he had receiuet
(4) 1442 Aberd. B. Rec. I 9.
Al man that has back yettes close thaim swa that thair cum na skath throw thaim to the toune
1473–4 Edinb. B. Rec. I 28.
The quhilk bill … findand na skaith nor hurt thairin we have approveit
1529 Ib. II 17.
That na scaith nor infectione sall cum within his house
1556 Ib. 254.
And als protestit that in cais ony skayth or danger come to the pannellis … that the falt thairof be nocht input to him
1570 Sat. P. x 286.
Thair wes na vther skaith
1626 Garden Worthies 46.
No skaith to Scotts … Can come be these thy windie wants vnwise
1570-3 Bann. Trans. 123.
Thare was thrie of thame within the hous slane and the same win without ony mair skayth
(b) 1412 Aberd. B. Rec. I 389.
Gif ony keip or persayvis ony schath aperand to the tovne
(5) c1420 Wynt. viii 2744.
Gyve ony thareat war wrath, Wayt hym welle wyth a gret skath
1513 Doug. ii xi 53.
A weilfair and a skaith Salbe common … to ws baith
1622 Crim. Trials III 517.
Ane general thraitning to do ane evill turne … can haif na coherence with ane speciall skaith following thairaftir
(6) a1400 Leg. S. i 553.
The towne At he defendit had fra skath … and fra ruyne bath
c1475 Wall. iii 264.
Bot ye do it, fra scaith ye may nocht scheyff
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 1024 (Asl.).
For thire ar wordis of … wertew … Baith saull & body fra scaith to reskew
1513 Doug. ii iii 31.
Sa mot thou Troy quham I sal salue fra skath, Kepe me thy promys
Ib. xii 55.
Lufe weil and keip fra skath Our a ȝong son
1560 Rolland Seven S. 9072.
In time cuming for to keip ȝow fra skaith This I ȝow say [etc.]
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. 309/7.
Ȝour grit necgligence That makis na defence Fra scaythe it [sc. this realm] for to keip
1576 Warrender P. (SHS) I 134.
My Lord Athoill … sall … keip his auin cuntrie fra skaith
a1578 Pitsc. II 103/28.
As they might saiff thair contrie fre skaitht and boundage
1662 Crim. Trials III 612.
It hes ane cradle about it of clay to preserue it from skaith
1674 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 206.
Our cornes not being fenced about therefor it gav us warie much adoe to keip theme frome skaith
a1400 Leg. S. xxvii 640.
For to kepe Machore of skath
(b) c1700 Fugitive Poetry II xli 4/98.
Put her shell run in a closs head, To keep her shell frea skeit
(c) 1412 Aberd. B. Rec. I 389.
Ilke man … sal stand gaird … to kepe … thair nychtbouris als fra schaith and susprice
(7) pl. 1405 Douglas Corr. 64.
The qwhilk skathis our lege lorde the kynge and his liegis has paciently tholyte
1424 Acts II 4/1.
That he arest sic folkis [sc. trespassers] and chalange thame as brekaris of the kyngis pece taxand the kingis scathis apone thame
c1460 Regim. Princ. 234 (Marchm.).
Gude justice has … to mak the scathis [Fairf. schathis] hale
1490 Irland Mir. III 148/10.
Decepcioun composicioun and mony vthir skaithis
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 1331 (Asl.).
Sanct Bernard … Desyrand fra thar [sc. fiends'] scaithis to reskewe … Synnaris
1506 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 693.
And neuir to here his or tharis skaithis nor se it bot sall leit it [etc.]
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (STS) lxxxiv 27.
Quhat skaithis and offence That women dois with cullourit eloquence
1533 Boece 580b.
How mony skathtis followit apoun licht and flowand myndis
a1538 Abell 96b.
France and Ingland faucht with baith thare skathis
1552 Breadalbane Doc. No. 82.
And for sythement to be maid be hym for the scathes forsaid
1564 (c1650) Dundee B. Laws 30.
The deacon of the flesheors crafts … sall appoynt two masters of thair craft vpon ilk mercat day … to appryse all skaithes of all flesh in the land mercat
1571 Grant Chart. 146.
To tak afald part … in resisting … of all skayththis
a1578 Pitsc. I 82/26.
Command … to refound the skaythtis and iniurieis done be thame of befoir
1590 Welwod 69.
That ane kinde of gear suffer nocht twa skaithes [i.e. of being spoiled and being cast overboard]
1602 Shetland Sheriff Ct. (ed.) 16.
The foldis arestment maid [anent] certane sketis of his

b. But (forouten, without(in) (ony) scathe, without suffering harm; without causing, or threatening, harm.Appar. sometimes a mere rhyming tag.(a) a1400 Leg. S. xxvii 214.
This nuryse … Forȝetil of the mykil wath That tyd the barne for-outyn skath
c1420 Wynt. ix 690.
He feld twa stowt fechteris And but skath went till his feris
1456 Hay I 185/19.
Bot free passage but scathe to the contree suld nocht be denyit
1513 Doug. ii xi 9.
The leym of fyre and flambe, but ony skath, In his haris … Kyndyllis vp brycht
(b) ?1438 Alex. ii 1231.
He … Far by passit withoutin mare skaith
Ib. 4928.
And syne be tane but harme or skaith
a1500 Seven S. 1877.
He said the barne will ȝe gar bring Agane quhill I haf tald but scaith Syne do ȝour plesans of ws baith
1556 Edinb. B. Rec. II 249.
Gif he maid the samyn myln … nocht sufficient and without hurt or skayth to the rest of the townis mylnis
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4331.
And now withouttin skaith I will obtene the blyssing of ȝow baith
1570 Leslie 15.
That the kingis lieges might lief but harme or skaith
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 32.
Craigmillar … was haistilie gevin to thame, promesand to keip the samyne without skaith; quhilk promes thai break
Ib. 36.
On the morne the Scottis without any skaith fled misordourlie
c1610 Lanark B. Rec. 121.
And in comes Johnne Moat, and sa they wer red without skaith
c1650 Spalding I 291.
The assaillantis fynding the place … vn-wynnabill without gryte skaith
1675 Cullen Kirk S. 25 Nov.
For bringing it home ag[ain] safe without skaith
(c) 1603 Moysie 15.
Certane of his adversaris … maid a litle pricking without skeathe
(d) a1400 Leg. S. ii 41.
That serpent … he in the fyre but schathe Fra hym keste

c. To the scathe of or to (a person's) scathe, in scathe of or in (a person's) scathe, to the hurt of, causing harm to; (to be) at scathe of, of danger to, a cause of damage to.(1) a1500 Sir Eger 2235.
It shal not turn you to your skaith
1522 Fife Sheriff Ct. 175.
Our said schiref … hes forebydding his clerk of court to gif to the said James the coppy of the said proces … to his grete skaytht
1524 Acts II 286/1.
To the gret hurt & scaith of our said souerane lord his liegis and subditis
1528 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 295.
To the innomerable scaith of our soverane lordis liegis
1551 Hamilton Cat. 100.
To the gret skaith and herschype of thaim quhilk hes ane rycht actioun of the pley
1557 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I 165.
The cummeris and expenssis of the reductioun tharof to his hevy dampnage and skaytht
1562 Crim. Trials I i 421.
It wes done to the skayth and sklander of the toune
1565 Inverness Rec. I 129.
To the greit skayth and hendering of my barne and cornis thairin
c1575 Balfour Pract. 179.
All contractis … maid be minoris in thair les age, to thair enorm hurt and skaith, ar of nane avail
1579 Inverness Rec. I 266.
To the greit skayth and violatioun of the actis
1641 Acts V 710/1.
Certaine persones … did tak avay … diverse spreathes and hearshipes, to ther heavie hourt and skeath
c1650 Spalding I 193.
To the gryte greif and skaith of the poor laboreris
(b) 1543–4 Elgin Rec. I 79.
The said Angnes hes sauld, disponit and vaistit his guddis and geir to his greit schait and harschip
(2) 14.. Acts I 336/2.
Thai wirk it [sc. leather] or it be conrait [pr. courait] in greit hindering and skaith of the kingis liegis
Ib. 338/2.
In preiudice or scatht of his nychtburis
14.. Reg. Maj. c. 160.
Gif ony man fyndis a thef in his scath with thift … he aw to raise cry apon him
1464 Reg. Episc. Brechin. II 107.
In grete skaith dampnage preiudice ande hendring of the said kirk
1474 Acts II 107/1.
Anent ourlordis that in defraude & skaith of thair … tenentis deferris till enter to thair landis and superioriteis
a1500 Henr. Fab. 167 (A).
The youngar [mouse] wonnyt apon land … Quhill in the corne an [Bann. in] uthir mennis scaith [Bann. schecht] As outlawis dois
1496–7 Acta Conc. II 64.
Thomas sall nocht … mak na innovacioun … concernyng the premisses in his skaith nor contrare
1497 Ib. 92.
Thai … retourit in fraud and skaith of the kingis hienes the landis of Ferny
1498 Ib. 226.
For the distruccione of a browme in hir skaith
1525 Yester Wr. in E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. V 30.
In gret skayth and tynsale off the said lord of Ȝestyr
a1538 Abell 78a.
The king basterd … mowit weir aganis King Malcolme in skath of Ingland
(b) 1460 Newburgh B. Ct. 3b.
That nan suld be resavyt in hospitalite in hevy schatht of nychtburis
(c) a1500 Henr. Fab. 167 (Bann.) (see (2) above).
(3) 1456 Hay I 122/19.
That he sall never be at scathe of his secretis … of the quhilkis his lord haldis him seure
Ib. 122/27.
He sall nocht be at his scathe of his moble, gudis na heritagis

d. To do … (na, the, gret, etc.) scathe (to, till, upon a person, place, etc., also const. indirect object, and without const.), to cause (no, the, great, etc.) harm, hurt or damage.In passive construction, also with p.p.(1) 1375 Barb. x 5.
The scaith The dispyt and felny bath That Jhone off Lorne had till him doyn
1385 Rot. Sc. II 73/2.
Nane of the lordes beforsayd ne nane of thair boundes sal do skathe to tha of the boundes of the tothir partie
c1420 Wynt. vi 1567.
Than thai forbare nowcht to do skayth Till abbays
1456 Hay I 7/19.
The quhilk walde nocht thole thame to pas throu his boundis, thai doand him na scathe
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2178.
That euill … He suld haue had that hes done me the skaith
a1500 Seven S. 1785.
And do na scaith to the myrour
1516 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 38.
The said Adam sall mend his saddill … sa far as he did it scatht
1535 Stewart 16751.
He ma do ws now nouther skayth no lak
?1539 in Concilia Sc. (1866) I cxxx.
And did sober skaith to the court of Rome
1545 Corr. M. Lorraine 149.
Without I do my self gret inconvenyent and skayth
1551 Hamilton Cat. 106.
The aucht command … techis thé to do na skaith to thi nychtbour in his fame and name
a1568 Scott x 18.
For it may fortoun raith, To do hir body skaith
c1575 Balfour Pract. 490.
Gif ony man's beist dois harm and skaith to ony persoun [etc.]
c1630 Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II 176.
Enemies that wold doe anie harme or skaith to the countrey
(b) 1581 Nugae Scoticae 35.
I … hes never gottin ane ansour fra ȝour L: the quhilk … dois me verry greite displesour and skeithe
(c) 1549 St. A. Baxter Bks. 5.
That the said Duncane hed down hym grit skyth in malt makyin
(d) a1400 Leg. S. i 594.
For ȝe to me has done gret schatht
1419 Wemyss Chart. 45.
Saiand at he did nathyr schatht, schame na reprufe to the said … governyoure
(e) 1507–8 Misc. Spald. C. II 214.
That we … sall in na tym to come do any prejudice hurt or skait to the said lord
pl. 1375 Barb. xx 50.
King Robert for scaithis ser that he to thaim … Had done off wer … suld pay [etc.]
(2) a1400 Leg. S. xxvii 865.
He … saw a bare … Defoull the corne with feit … & do gret skath
c1420 Wynt. v 5378.
Sa in hys tyme gret raynis fell … That … The wallys off Rome a part ouryhud … And mony drownyd … In Rome this rayne than dyd the skayth [W. mekle scaith, C. gret skaythe]
Ib. viii 2425.
He dyd gret skayth In slawchtyr and in herschype bath
?14.. Ship Laws c. 16 (B).
Gyf thai lay ankyr wyth owtyn buy & it do skath thai sal amend it
1456 Hay I 151/29.
Changeing of men that wate the kingis secretis … may do grete scathe
a1500 Henr. Hasty Credence 25.
Teltellaris oft tymes dois grit skaith
1570 Leslie 94.
The Inglis ordinaunce schot fast and did greit skaiethe
a1595 Cullen Chron. Aberd. 47.
Twisday … was … ane day of grytt woynd … quhilkis dyd grytt skayth on the kyrk and howissis
1596 Dalr. II 64/24.
The Erle Douglas … for al the truble, skaith and cummir that in the realme he done had … cryes mercie
c1650 Spalding II 100.
Heiche wyndis … did gryte skaith be sea
pl. c1420 Wynt. iii 258.
The Phylisteis … dyde in tyll [C. in] it [sc. the land of Juda] schathis grete
(3) passive 1460 Montrose Baillie Ct. I fol. 13a (26 Jan.).
The wther halff to hym that the skath is doin to
1499 Kilravock Chart. in Orig. Par. II ii 528.
Quhat skath was done … thair complissis was be the kingis commande
1523 Carnwath Baron Ct. (SHS) 4.
For the skaith vas fundin donne to the hous
1530 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 108.
For the skaitht don to Mairyone Jonsone sled ii s. to be pait
1530 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 344.
That the kingis liegis ma leif in … pece for ony scaith to be done be the said clan Gregour
1549 Corr. M. Lorraine 315.
Ther wes sckaytht done, bot nocht sa greitt as thay mak the brwt
1562 Treas. Acc. XI 215.
For recompancement of the skaith done to him be umquhile George Erle of Huntleis army
1580 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 190.
That thai … pay … fourtie schillingis in racumpans of the skayth done
1594 Acts IV 72/2.
The availl … of the guidis stollen or reft or vther skaith done
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. ii 26 (see 1 (1) (c) above). 1615 Urie Baron Ct. 15.
The pickiman sall be frie ony skathe alledgit downe to the stuf
1626 Justiciary Cases I 50.
Quhat skayth may be done be taking up ane depositioun maid in ane chalmer
1685 Sinclair Satan's Inv. World 93.
It [sc. the plate] came flying at her without any skaith done
pl. c1400 Troy-bk. ii 97 (D).
The restauracioune of skathes To hem thruth Troyiens done
1530 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 108.
For skaythtis doyne to Thome Ker to pay vi s.
1541 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 503.
The gret thiftis and scathis done be the saidis Egiptianis upoun our soverane lordis liegis

e. To tak, have, get, kep, also sustene, incur, thole, ressave, etc. (the, etc.) scathe, to suffer hurt or damage.See also Kep v. 4 for some further instances.(1) ?1438 Alex. ii 6478.
Sould nane me helpe thocht I tak skaith
c1400 Wemyss Chart. 37.
Gif … ony of the said partis sustene tynsale or scathe [etc.]
1412 Laing Chart. 24.
The personis thare in duellande has syndry tymys sufferit disese and skathe
c1420 Wynt. iii 257 (W).
Sampsone that sa gret scaith had
?14.. Ship Laws c. 7 (B).
The wynys takys scath
1445 Aberd. B. Rec. 18 Feb. (Jam. Suppl. s.v. Falk v.).
Men that has tholit skath oft
1456 Hay I 162/26.
The gude folk has scathe bathe in body and gudis
1490 Irland Mir. III 27/17.
The saule … be the fallouschip that it has with the … body … incurris gret skaith as payne deid syn and dampnacioun
1533 Gau 75/24.
And to … suffer blithlie, skaith, persecucione and aduersite
1548–9 Corr. M. Lorraine 292.
The Inglis men well never trast to geit skath
1549 Douglas Corr. 175.
I hawe skaithe anewche ellis
c1550 Balcarres P. 314.
Lat not the man get skatht for any thyng he has of myn
1555 Acts II 493/2.
It is vnderstand that be the geuing of curatouris to minouris … thair hes bene gret skaith sustenit be the saidis minouris
1559 Cal. Sc. P. I 260.
[As it becomes no] saikles man may incur skayth [for the injuries and demerits of others]
1591 Crim. Trials I ii 245.
That our souerane lord wald gett skaith be ane taid
1602 Conv. Burghs II 137.
Giff ony mariner ressaue skaith in the schipis laubour
1638 Henderson Serm. 522.
If they were barefooted, … they must kep skaith by walking there
(b) 1570 Leslie 63.
Landit men … sustenit greit skyth in thair guidis
(c) 1456–70 Liber Aberbr. II 108.
And sic lyk in mony owthyr placys schath and hurt we haif
(2) 1375 Barb. ix 546.
Schyr Amery that had the skaith Off the bargane I tauld off er [etc.]
c1400 Troy-bk. ii 2121.
The king … persavand then That he mycht nocht sustene that scaith … tuke a gret spere [etc.]
c1420 Wynt. ii 1436 (W).
Thare mayne thai maid Menand the scaith that thai tane had
Ib. iii 246 (R).
The Phylisteis … [That] tholyt that scaytht and that tynsalle
1460 Hay Alex. 1797.
That nane haid the scayth onlie bot we
1529 St. P. Henry VIII IV 572.
Assurand ȝow in sick delay oure liegis and subjectis tholis the scaith and dammage
1534 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 145.
Ve ordand Nychoill to sweir quhat skaytht he had throu tynsaill of hir service
1535 Stewart 1237.
Thocht ȝe haif gottin the skayth, The schame and lak redundis till ws bayth
1580 Inverness Rec. I 281.
For the greit skayth and hender and expenses sustenit
1599 Acts IV 188/2 (see Overthraw n. (1)).(b) 1553 Blackfriars Perth 234.
Lat the witnesses descend in speciale quhat dampnage and skeyth the complenaris has sustenit
1604 Dundee Shipping P. 80.
All the trobell and sketh y haue sostenit
(3) ?14.. Ship Laws c. 14 (B).
That the schyp tak na skath
1424 Acts II 4/1.
Gif sik trespassouris takis ony skaythe in the aresting of thame it salbe imput to thame self
1463 Aberd. B. Rec. I 26.
That Theman, goldsmycht, sal sustene na scathe for the brekine of the saide ferthing
1515 Reg. Privy S. I 400/1.
That the said Johne, his factouris [etc.] … sal nocht … incur ony skayth or danger thairthrow in thair persouns, schippis, merchandice, landis or gudis in onywys
1549 Compl. 60/12.
The fyir slaucht vil consume the vyne vitht in ane pipe … & the pipe vil resaue na skaytht
1557 Peebles B. Rec. I 238.
[If] the saidis keparis … ding the saidis stirkis quhairthrow thai incure ony skaith
1560 Old Dundee II 63.
Gif Thomas obteins ony skaith through downtaking of the stanes [etc.]
1561 M. Napier Mem. J. Napier 75.
And caus him requeist … that my lord gaitt na hurtt nor skatht in na matteris
a1585 Maitland Maitl. Q. 166/37.
The leigis can na greter sckayth sustein
1578 Montgomery Mem. II 220.
To varrand and keip the said erll skeythles … anent ony skayth or inconvenient that the said erll may incur
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 386 (W).
Beware thou kep na skaith
1622-6 Bisset I 43/12.
And the woman sall suffer na skaytht bot be declared innocent
c1650 Spalding I 211.
So that Aboyne his freindis and folloueris gat no skaith
1676 Craven Ch. in Orkney 61.
For heindering the roofe of the said church to receive any skaith and damage by stormes
(b) 1519 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 51.
The said Jhone and Sanders ar … bund for his lauchty that the said Rechert sall kep na schacht

f. To cum to (ony, etc.) scathe, to sustain or suffer harm. 1456 Hay II 153/7.
And thou may mak of thy frend thy fa … and cum thé to grete scathe and hyndering
1602 Conv. Burghs II 141.
Giff the schip cumis thairthrow [sc. overloading] to ony skaith or mistak than is the merchand haldin … in the half skaithe
Ib. 144.
Gif ane schip cums to skaith vpoun ane vther schipis anker [etc.]

g. Freq. in collocation with schame or (alliteratively) with scorne (also scorning). Also pl., = instances of hurt or harm.See also S(c)hame n. 3 (2) and Scorn n. 1 d.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xvi 629.
He for ws had skath & scorne
Ib. xxxii 767.
But schath & schorne
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 279.
Yone knicht to scar with skaitht ye chaip nocht but scorne
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 144/107.
And lat no small beist suffir skaith na skornis Of greit beistis
Id. Tua Mar. W. 358.
Thus the scorne and the scaith scapit he nothir
a1568 Mersar Bann. MS 278b/34.
Than haif ȝe skayth and skornyng ȝow to steir
a1570-86 Balnavis Maitl. F. 356/26.
Thow hes baithe scayth and scorne
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 197 (W).
As scorne comes commonlie with skaith
c1595 James VI in Facs. Nat. MSS III lxxiv.
To my skorne, his skaith and youre small honoure
(2) 1419 Wemyss Chart. 45.
He hade ressavyt the malys of the Wemys … in grete schath and schame
c1420 Ratis R. 949.
Is nothir scaith, scham na dreid Agan hir wyll may than tak sted
Ib. 1374.
1438–9 Rec. Earld. Orkney 71.
Quhar the hyding off suthfastnes ma genner scathe, schame or prejudice till ane innocent man
1456 Hay I 150/33.
All a hale company may tak bathe scathe and schame
a1500 Seven S. 2764.
That for his syn gat scath & schame
1567 G. Ball. 56.
Na man can do thame skaith nor schame
a1570-86 Maitl. F. 159/9.
He that spendis his gude on ane hure hes bayth skayth and schame
pl. 1593 Misc. Spald. C. I 5.
Sin I haue schauin my obediens uith los and schaites and scham

h. Common in various formal expressions of loyalty in bonds of manrent, indentures, etc. 1456 Hay I 122/17.
The ath of feautee … contenis sex poyntis … the first is that he sall never be quhare scathe is done to his lordis persone
1468 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 6.
Nane of thaim to heir, se, nor wit harme, scathe, dede, nor disherising to vderis
1472 Misc. Spald. C. II 252.
I sall neythir heir his skayth nor se it but I sall dyscouir it to my saide lorde and let it at my powar
1474 Reg. Cupar A. I 194.
To kep tham in thar personys, and fra sckath in thar gudis
1474 Reg. Morton II 221.
I sal never heir se no wyt [pr. obyt] to hym no his ayris scayth deid disworschip nor disherysyng
1476 Oliphants 20.
1477 Misc. Spald. C. II 253.
And we sal nother heir nor se schaith nor apperand perell to him bot we sal warne him thairof
1514 Bk. Carlaverock II 456.
I sal nouder wit lak dishonour nor scaith to my said lord
1545 Wemyss Chart. 171. c1575 Balfour Pract. 23.
I sal be lele and trew to ȝou my liege lord and soverane … and sall not sie ȝour skaith nor heir it
1611 Red Bk. Grandtully I 111.
1616 Aberd. B. Rec. II 346.
The aith of the burgesses of Aberdene … I sall warne thame of thair skaith, latt it at my powar
16.. Rankin St. A. Ch. 65.
Never to … see the skaith of any brother or sister of the same without I warn them thereof goodly
1712 Indenture in Sc. Hist. Rev. XVIII 232.
He shall not hear nor conceall his said masters hurt skeith nor prejudice but shall tymously reveall it

i. specif. Harm brought about by witchcraft or the agency of the Devil. 1623 Perth Kirk S. MS 16 May.
The said Margaret hed by wischcraft done him great skaith in his gudeis
1629 Justiciary Cases I 100.
Without ony … apparent caus or midis of reasone to impoirt that skayth except be the devillish sorcerie … of the pannell
1629 Black Orkn. & Shetl. Folklore 80.
James Rendall … deponed that he knew that she spak the words and be her words he kept the skaith of the death of his beastis
1650 Kingarth Par. Rec. 25.
Ane offering to the devill to safe her husband, her offspring and meanes fra skaith
1685 Sinclair Satan's Inv. World 151.
No more skaith was the devil or the witches able to do him

j. proverb. c1490 Porteous Noblenes 177/16 (A).
It apperis that gredy hert followis gret scaith
c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus Prol. 231.
Emptie purse dois greit skaith
a1598 Ferg. Prov. No. 152.
Better learn by your neighbors skaith nor by your own
Ib. No. 299.
He that is far from his geir is neir his skaith
a1628 Carmichael Prov. No. 457.
Diverse times a man gets not onlie the skaith bot also the scorne
Ib. No. 1677.
Wyne and women gets ay skaith behind baks
a1663 Pappity Stampoy 12.
Better two skaiths nor ane sorrow

2. specif. Financial loss; loss of profits, fruits or sources of profit.Cf. 1 above, with which there is some overlapping.(a) 14.. Acts I 51/2.
Quhatsaever he be that lattis his borch inrin sic scath and walde nocht cum to freyth him
1537–8 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. 151.
The vrangus vseyng and makeyne of ane gait vpone ane part of the said Davidis land … and the said Davidis is skatht heyrof
1656 Dumbarton B. Rec. 74.
That the deacon … cause the person complainer therof be satisfied of ther scath through the insufficiencie of ther wark
(b) 1483 Acta Conc. II cxxviii.
To preif how mekle scaith thai have sustenit in the eting and distructioun of thair corne
1496 Ib. 4.
To preif the availe of the saidis landis and the skaith that he has sustenit throw the wanting of the sammyn
1520–3 Old Dundee II 26.
John Cowper is … ordainit to … upset the skaith of the bred
1521 Fife Sheriff Ct. 241.
The said Katrine wes wranguisly … eieckit furtht of hir saidis landis … wytht the skaytht of the pastoring of hir cattell
1522 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 154.
Thai ar namyt executouris … and mycht report profit or scaith in the said mater
1531 Edinb. B. Rec. II 54.
Ten schillingys to the said altar for the costys and skayth it sustenys thairupon
1533–4 (c1580) Ib. 66.
Gif ony skayth cummis to the merchandis or thair guidis in thair default in the nocht fulfilling of the thingis aboue written [etc.]
1558 Aberd. B. Rec. I 312.
It appeiris that his contenwance hes procedit mair of his skaytht nor ony zeill of the comand weil
1563 Acts II 544/1.
The intollerabill skaith sustenit … be the merchandis of hir hienes realme throw granting of letters of marque to [etc.]
1567 Reg. Privy C. I 510.
The greit skayth and detriment of this commoun weill throw the homebringing of fals corrupt and countirfuttit cunye
c1575 Balfour Pract. 494. 1586 Melrose Reg. Rec. I 57.
[If the corn is not well ground] the saidis myllaris sall pay to the awneris of the corneis that hes skaith thair skaithe and inlaik
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i 127.
Gif they dicht or prepair the flesh not well, they sall restore the skaith to the awner of the beast
1630 Dumbarton B. Rec. 33.
As thay lost thair crop for the haill yeir, the persewir ought to satisfy them for skaith sustenit
1666 Melrose Reg. Rec. II 162.
The myllars should pay to the ouners of the cornes that hes the skaithe ther inlaik and skaith
(c) 1523–4 Stirling B. Rec. I 18.
Quhat sckait that ony nebour takin in hus yaird … in sa far as he ma prefe the skait
(d) 1609 Skene Reg. Maj. ii 28b.
The vassalls … sall … recover the damnage and skeath quhilk they haue susteined be occasion of that poynding
(e) 1485 Breadalbane Doc. No. 22.
I bind … me … to content and pay to the said Duncane … alsmekle as sal hapin him … to sustene of schatht be the warding of the saidis landis
1490 Acta Conc. I 142/1.
That he bring his previs to preif the quantite of the schayth that he has sustenit tharethrow
(f) 1514 Wigtown B. Ct. fol. 31b.
Sow[m]ane his chad to ii bollis of salt
pl. c1575 Balfour Pract. 492.
Gif ony man of set purpois … slayis ane uther man's dog, he sall … pay to him all his skaithis sustenit be him … for want of his … dog

3. specif. Damage to property, etc., caused by trespassing animals belonging to a neighbour.In (the) scathe, in or upon (on) (another person's) scathe, in the act of causing such damage. Also, (to kepe animals) out of (af, from) … skathe.(1) 1512 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 16.
Geiff … Roben Ker … fand Adam Welkesones swyn doand him scath [etc.]
1518 Ib. 46.
For the scatht of suyn
1520 Thanes of Cawdor 139.
I sal keyp me my kyne and al that I may let onedowne ony skaith to the said Sir Johne
1532–3 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. 89.
Tuecheyng the skatht of certan cornis be his baistis
1574 Reg. Privy C. II 417.
That he retenit ane, twa [etc.] … of the said cattell … quhill he wer satisfiit of the said skayth
c1590 Fraser Wigtown 392.
They tuik in ane kow of myne not doand them skaithe
1596 Dalr. I 123/17.
The rest of the beistes … hald besyd thé … ay quhil thair maistir repair the skaith
1603 Shetland Sheriff Ct. (ed.) 94.
Quha … keipis ony swyne within dykis that the awneris … tether them that thair nychbouris girse and cornis may be frie of thair skayth
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. ii 155.
Swyne, hens, geese, gaites doing skaith to ony man may be eschieted and eaten by him to quhom the skaith is done
1652 Peebles B. Rec. II 5.
Satisfactioun of the skaith to the partie skaithet
1661 Misc. Spald. C. V 232.
And gif … they [supra nolt and scheip] … brak the fald and do skaith [etc.]
1665 Forbes Baron Ct. 258.
For refussall of satisfaction for his corne and skaith
1670 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 77 (8 Nov.).
The skaith of beasts in the loane
1694 Stitchill Baron Ct. 113.
All the tennants … to keip ther yairds under sure fence against all beasts for preventing of skaith either to themselves or ther neighbours
1705 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. II 48.
The great skaith done by swine by houcking and working up the common grass
(b) 1442–3 Ayr B. Ct. 28 Jan.
That na swyne be haldin fra fassin ewin to do ony schatth & with a ring in his nose
1473 Reg. Cupar A. I 180.
That thar katel lonand do na schat to thar nichtburis
(2) 1518 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 47.
Quhar thai [sc. the swine] be comprehendit wythin ony scatht [etc.]
1520 Ib. 58, 59.
Quhar thar be ony fundin in scatht to follow the best to thaim [that] awn it and to have for thai swyn as oft as thai be in scatht ii s.
1554 Crail B. Ct. MS 3 Dec.
The suyne fundyne in the skeyth … may weyll be slane and mayd escheyt and etyne
1650 Misc. Spald. C. V 230.
That na tennent … strik nor ding wthers beastis, how soewer being found in skaithe
1664 Forbes Baron Ct. 251.
Haveing found … his cattelles in the skaith
1666 Rothesay B. Rec. 110.
And the persewar depounit he kent no uther guids in the skayth
1679 Ib. 368.
Every calfe that beis fund in skaith to be killed
(3) 1574 Glasgow B. Rec. I 17.
Gif ony … bestiall beis fund all nycht furtht of houssis in ony persones scaytht on thair stuff [etc.]
1624 Misc. Spald. C. V 223.
Whosoeuer salbe tryit to pick lothe thair nichtbours hors albeit thay be fund in thair skayth [etc.]
1655 Glasgow B. Rec. II 305.
That nae maner of persone … suffer any of thair swyne to … be seene … in any vther menis skaithe or yairds
1656 Rothesay B. Rec. 10.
Confest his stirks to be in Agnes Kelsows skayth and eating hir corne
1671 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 107.
A naig in my skeath being ane furlett corne
1687 Corshill Baron Ct. 175.
The persone in whose skaith the said beast is found hes hereby libertie to pin the same
1702 Banff Ann. I 174.
[Any person finding swine] in their skaith [has licence to kill them]
(4) 1527 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 85.
Quhar that ony swyne cane be fundyne upone ane mannes skaytht, it sall be leffull to slay hir
Ib. 91. 1664 Rothesay B. Rec. 82.
That nane keip foulls on thair nighbours skayth
1682 Musselburgh 127.
A proclamation … discharging all ther inhabitants to suffer any of ther suine to be found upon ther neighboures skaith
1684 Kirkintilloch B. Ct. 127.
That … non … sufer horse, nolt nor calves to goe upon their neiburis skeath and prejudice
1697 Stitchill Baron Ct. 125.
Whether or not George Aitchisons horse was upon the uthers skaith
(5) 1518 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 46.
Quhatsumever man hawand suyn wythin Selkyrk to kep thaim out of his nychburis scatht
1669 Rothesay B. Rec. 167.
All scheip … to be keipit be thair awneris from thair nighbouris skayth
All persounis … to caus keip thair gudis af thair nighbouris skaithe till commoune hirds be gottin
1681 Kirkintilloch B. Ct. 118.
All … beasts to be teddirit and keipit out of all skaith both night and day
(b) 1546 Elgin Rec. I 88.
For the wrangus slaying of ane ȝoung swyn out of his shayth pertenying to Johne Crokatt
1608 Inverurie B. Ct. 18 March.
Giff it hapin ony man to fund ony swyn in ony shayth

4. (It, that, etc.) is (wes, etc.) … scathe, (it, that, etc.) is (was, etc.) a cause of harm; a matter for regret. Quhat skath! how pitiful! how dreadful!(a) c1420 Wynt. viii 6036.
For off his dede wes mekill skath
1456 Hay I 32/14.
And that was grete pitee and grete scath
Ib. 64/17.
Off the quhilk it was grete scathe to the citee of Rome
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2249.
Than Lowrence leuch … ‘To tak ȝone bud,' quod he, ‘it wer na skaith’
a1500 Sir Eger 923.
Sir Eger sayes, it is no skaith That she have quantance with us baith
1490 Irland Mir. II 39/32.
Gret dampnage skaith & imperfeccioun had bene that Jhesus had remanit subiekkit to deid
a1500 Seven S. 657.
To gar me se it war na scaith
1549 Compl. 186/3.
It var les skaytht to mak ane iust veyr nor [etc.]
15.. Christis Kirk 65 (B).
Skayth wesd to haif skard him
1560 Rolland Seven S. 2188.
Ȝit than it war na skaith Thocht I ȝow tald the tale and sentence baith
1513 Doug. ii v 41.
O God, quhat skath!
(b) 1542 Elgin Rec. I 72.
Angnes Stone vrangit in the saying to Necoll Moressone that shayth [? for na shayth] war it to gadder ane dussane of quyins and gar lesch him

5. Injury, damage or loss for which legal compensation is claimed.Const. for (of, in) the damage sustained; also to restore, amend, etc. the loss.(1) a1400 Reg. Morton I xl.
For the qwhilk doyng I soume the schame and the skath of the fornemmit J. and his men apon the R. iiiic li. of sterlingis
1524 Carnwath Baron Ct. (SHS) 17.
He sowmis the skaith vj merkis
1552 Edinb. B. Rec. II 174.
And the party to haue actioun aganis thame for his skayth and damnage
1560 Inverness Rec. I 45.
Quhat skaythis his kyll sustenis he may hef tyme and place to recouer the same
c1575 Balfour Pract. 504.
And puttis in his clame a sowme of money for harmis and skaithis sustenit be him
1604 Murray Early B. Organ. II 249.
The person offender sall pey … of unlaw xl s. for ilk fault provyding the skaytht be first prysitt
1655 Rothesay B. Rec. 5.
Protestit for his skayth and damnage for the said John for … hindering his boit
1668 Forbes Baron Ct. 274.
Tenentis … sall … persew [ed. presew] for the skaith be for the court or any other jugditorie
1673 Corshill Baron Ct. 109.
Arthure Bryce, one of the compriseris thereof … declares the said skaith … wes three peckes
1674 Edinb. B. Rec. X 421.
The said lose damnage or skaith to be pryset by four newtrall skillfull sworne men
1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. i xix 15 (1678) 206.
The unlaw to be ten pound and mends to the party, conform to the skaith
1684 Corshill Baron Ct. 168.
The judge ordaines the birlaymen … to cast one the skaith proportionallie
(b) 1495 Paisley B. Rec. 51.
Extending to the saidis abbot and convent dampnage and schait to the soume of sex markis and als for the wrangwis … settyng of nettis in thar wattyr … extendyng be gud estimatione to thar dampnage and schait to tayn markis
(2) ?14.. Ship Laws c. 10 (A).
& the windar is haldin to restor the first scath
1458 Peebles B. Rec. I 126.
The pond sal be ij d. onforgefyn and mend the scath neuir the les
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2864.
Giff it wer swa, quha suld amend the skaith
1475 Edinb. B. Rec. I 31.
Thai persons sall caus the scaith and wrang to be amendit
1477 Prestwick B. Rec. 27.
The distroaris of the nychtburis gudis with thare swyne sall amend the scath
a1500 Bk. Chess 1432.
For and he [sc. the notary] do, he aw … The scaith thairof be ressoun to restor
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. 429/14.
Puir folk … off thair skayth be lawe can get na mending
1614 Misc. Spald. C. V 218.
Incaice they be challenged heirefter be way taking ather peitis or kell, ther masteris sall rebate ther skaithe
(3) 1478–9 Acta Aud. 82/1.
For the scaitht of his hors ryding & spilling x s.
1479 Acta Conc. I 28/2.
John … sall restor to … Robert xiiij boll of mele for the skath of the lying of his land wast
1479–80 Ib. 48/2.
The chalance of … the dampnage & skathe clamyt … for falt biggin of certane hous & dede of his catall [etc.]
1490 Ib. 149/2.
And for the hurt dampnage & scath sustenit be the said Johne & Jonet in the dovnfalling of the said bakland
1495 Paisley B. Rec. 51 (see 1 (b) above). 1517 Misc. Spald. C. II 80.
For damnage and skayth sustenit be … Williame throw the wranguus … destructioun … of the hous
1537–8 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. 152.
As to the allegit skatht sustenit be … David of the said gait the assis absoluit … thair fray becaus the valer thairof ves nocht … sufficient prevyn
1578 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I 73.
Decernis Robert Scheirlaw to pay to William Jamesoun iiij s. for the skaith of his plants
1595–6 Glasgow Burgesses 22.
Fines given to John Briscat … for the recompans of the skayth sustenit be him of the 27 merks
1670 Kirkintilloch B. Ct. 27.
And ordaines the skayth of the raine weit in the housses to be allowed to Johne Young

b. (The amount ordered to be paid as) compensation for loss or injury; a sum of money paid to restore damage done.Some quots. may belong in prec. sense. 14.. Burgh Laws c. 77 (A).
Giff ony man chalange ane other that he … wrang has done him & menys his scathis til i c merkis [B. put til his scath c s.]
a1500 Bk. Chess 1279.
He wald nocht strek for ony scaith to get Bot erar wald the haile trespas remyte
c1575 Balfour Pract. 625.
And the skaith of the gudis … sould be partit amangis the merchandis of baith
1602 Conv. Burghs II 144.
In that cais baith the schipis sall pay the skaith
a1633 Hope Major Pract. I 37.
Ane tenant within brugh burneing his house rekleslie should pey the skaith
1649 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV 781.
Item bee … burneing of dailes … and plenisheing demolishing of glasse windowes and iron stanchells, of skaith in that sort thrie hundreth merks

6. Damages; costs or expenses incurred by the pursuer in a legal action. Chiefly 1389 Wemyss Chart. 24.
Thre hundyr mark of sterlyngys … for thaire costis and thaire skathys gyf euyr thai make ony questione or mouyng be the lawch into the contrary of this endenture, in ony thyng, or euyr thai be hard before ony iuge
1392 Lennox Mun. 47.
Qwhyl thai be fullily asythyt of scathes, costages or trawales
1407 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 65.
With his costes & scathes gif ony be in the mene tyme
?14.. Ship Laws c. 13 (B).
Gyf the maystyr tynys the owre it war skath and than sal he pay the scathis
14.. Acts I 33/2.
Gif the fleschewar graythis ivil flesche he sal restor hym the scathis that aw the bestys
Ib. 110/2.
The maner of connand & how it wes brokyn & quhat scathis he had be the connand nocht rycht kepyt
1447 Newbattle Coll. (Somerville) (Reg. H.).
Al costis scathys trawall … & expens the qwylkis he or thai sustenys … in the defawt of the said ten markis ȝerly nocht beand payt
1456 Hay I 136/23.
He mon deliver all that accioun till his lord gif he will have his scathis hale maid be the said lord
Ib. 208/30.
Quhill the merchand of Paris war content bathe of the principale and of the scathis and costis
Ib. 164/26. c1460 Regim. Princ. 230 (Maitl.).
Bayth interes and all the scathis haill To be assythit richt as the principall
1476 Acta Aud. 43/2.
His costis scaithis & dampnagis sustenit be him for falt of his entre to the sammyn
1482–3 Ib. in Acta Conc. II cxxiv.
To prufe the avale … of his costis and scaithis that he has sustenit be the said persons
1486 Stirlings of Keir 256.
In the naym of costis, skathtis [ed. skathlis] … and expensis
1487 Fraser P. 108.
For thar costis skatis & dampnis sustenit tharthrow
1491 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 27.
For his costis and skathis that the said Thomas as maid for his and hir persoit
1504 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I 48.
Thomas Leslie forspekar for the said personis protestit for thar costs skaithts and expensis maid be thame
1519 Fife Sheriff Ct. 163.
The costis & scathis sustenit be the said Johnne in the defalt of the said dame Katrine
1529 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I 397.
1530–1 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 111.
That day James Brydin vas condamnit efor borrogait of Andreu Schortreid of all and syndry skaythitis, dampningis, roumentis that Thome Prechour incurrit in to be fraud of the forsaid Andreu
1549 Breadalbane Doc. No. 68.
Till radres and pay … all and sindry skaythttis costis … the said Jhone Campbell … sustenis
1585 Perth B. Ct. 11 June.
1589–90 Prot. Bk. J. Inglis 10 Feb.
Mak equall half of the costis skaythis & expensis
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i 77.
The defender … to pay the debt, with the skaiths taxat and liquidat in the persewers clame
1622-6 Bisset I 229/20.
The defender nocht compeirand in propir person … sall pay coistis and skaithis of the pairtie compeirand
1662 Melrose Reg. Rec. II 2.
The said defender … to mak payment of the coistes and skaithes maid and susteaned be the said persewer
(b) 1440–1 Ayr B. Ct. 19 Feb.
That the said Sir John was cummyn til his principaile some & his some schathis
1469 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 419.
To pay all costis, schathis, expens, trawale and interes at the will of the said Robert
1485 Breadalbane Doc. No. 22.
To gidder with costis schathts that the said Duncan … sal hapin to sustene
1497 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 80.
1512 Selkirk B. Ct. MS fol. 17a.
Thomas Grenschill come in merchiament … for nocht entris at the instance of James Fairbarn with his schaithis
1519 Ib. fol. 76.
Arrestit at instanch of James Reid to ansuer to him of his costis and schathis
sing. 1512 Wigtown B. Ct. fol. 25a.
The vrangus brakyn off hys sadyll sowman hys schaid to iii croun
1521–2 Ib. fol. 121b.
For the vrangus scadyng of ane kow summand the scaid to a pek of bear
1530 Ib. fol. 227a.
The said Patriyk … sovmys his schayd to a thovsand povndis
1563–4 Perth B. Ct. 31 (22 Feb.).
Quhilk day comperit Blais Colt and protestit … for cost skait & expensis
1665 Decis. Lords G. 91.
The other cautioners being obliged to relieve him pro rata of all coast, skeith and damnage
1705 Laing Chart. 699.
[The procurator protested] for coast, skeath and damnadge

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