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Servitrice, Servitrix, n. Also: servatrice, -trix, servetrice, -trix, serrvitrix. [Med. L. servitrix, servitric-, fem. of servitor Servito(u)r(e n.] A female servant or personal attendant, in senses 1 and 2 of Servito(u)r(e n. Also fe seruitrice (Fe n.2 6). b. Familiar (dailie) servatrice. = Servito(u)r(e n. 3. c. In deferential formulae. = Servito(u)r(e n. 4.(1) 1518 Douglas Chart. 388.
To our louit seruitrice, Marioun Douglas, kepar to oure derrest sone
1528 Red Bk. Menteith II 388.
The milltoun of Dovne, quhilkis oure seruitrice Cristiane Raa now hes
1571–2 Reg. Privy S. VI 283/1.
To Agnes Scot servitrice to the kingis majestie … the soume of twa hundrith markis
1587 Argyll Fam. Lett. 73.
Awin to Marioun Bruce seruitrice to the vmquhile nobill ladie for hir ȝeiris fie … [£26 13 s. 4 d.]
1633 Acts V 124/1.
Maistres Margaret Wincester servetrice to his majesties said vmquhil darrest mother
(b) 1581 Perth Kirk S. in J. P. Lawson The Book of Perth 136.
The vehement slander that is arising of him with his servitrix Catherine Lamb
1582 Perth B. Ct. 16 Oct.
To Agnes Robertsone serruitrix to Johne Smyth … and keipar of his vyne taverone
1587 Argyll Fam. Lett. 71.
Katrene Hammiltoun hir seruitrix, spous to Capitane James Bruce
1589 Elgin Rec. II 12. 1590 Perth Kirk S. in J. P. Lawson The Book of Perth 193.
Janet Morice, servitrix to Janet Martin
1622 Falkirk Par. Rec. I 34. 1641 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II 639. 1642 Misc. Bann. C. II 262.
William Whyt. broudster … Margaret Thomesone servitrix
1653 Peebles B. Rec. II 11. 1657 Cramond Ch. Rathven 23. 1671 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct.) 5 July.
Item to Christian Brydin servitrix [£25]
1683 Craven Ch. in Orkney 104. 1694 S. Leith Rec. 177.
Mary Patoun servatrix to John Wood
1695 Strathendrick 201.
Thomas Gilfillan his servant and Janet Morrison, his servitrix
1705 Misc. Maitl. C. III 417.
(2) 1530 Edinb. B. Rec. II 24.
[Those that] has fe seruitrice that browis apone thar awin awentur and gyfis ane certane of ilk broust to thar hussy
b. 1477 Exch. R. IX 101n.
Oure louete familiare servitrice Margret Sandelandis
1567 Inv. Q. Mary lviii.
[To] hir loutit familiare seruitrice Margaret Carwood
1579 Reg. Privy C. III 207.
For Marie Betoun, her familiar servitrice
1566–7 Reg. Privy S. V ii 308/2.
The lang … service of hir lovit dailie servitrice Agnes Scott [etc.]
(b) 1566 Misc. Maitl. C. I 43.
Marie Betoune familiar servitrix to our said souerane lady
c. 1538 Crim. Trials I i 205.
I ȝour graces seruitrice Jonet Pollok
1543 Corr. M. Lorraine 21.
Youris grace humill servatrice, Elizabeth Countess of Hwntlye
1543 Corr. M. Lorraine 47.
Your gracis humill servatris, Katherine Bellenden

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