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Slauchtir, -er, Slachtir, n. Also: slautht-, slauch-, slauht-, slau(c)th-, slauct-, slautt-, slaught-, sclaucht-, sklaucht-, slawch(t)(t-, slhawcht-, slawtt-, slawght-, sclawt-, slakt-, slatt-, slaght-, sclac(h)t-, sclatt-, slaicht-, slaycht-, slaight- and -er, -ir(e, -yr(e, -re, -ar, -ur. [ME and e.m.E. slaghter (Cursor M.), slauhter (Manning), slaughter (Trevisa), slawghter (a1400), slawtyr, (Prompt. Parv.), ON slátr butcher-meat, Norw. dial. slaater cattle for killing, f. as Sla v.]

1. The action or fact of killing (a person or persons), chiefly, as a criminal act; murder, assassination. Also fig. b. An instance of this.For the legal distinction between murder (Murther n.1, q.v. for further examples) and slaughter see esp. Skene Reg. Maj., Hope Major Pract. and Balfour Pract.(1) 14.. Acts I 342/1.
Thai that ar other arte or parte of … murthir thifte or slauchter
c1420 Wynt. ii 60.
Fra thine hyr lust stwde halyly In slawchtyr and in lychory
c1420 Wynt. vi 588.
Syne at Skwne Be slawchtyr wes hys dayis dwne
1456 Hay I 197/15.
Slauchter is dedely syn
1473–4 Treas. Acc. I 3.
A remismissione … for ald slauchter
1499–1500 Acta Conc. II 361.
That the sade Robert … was … servitour to him or the debat of slauchtir that happinnit betuex him and the sade Wilȝeam
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 20/140.
Off ded or slauchter culpabill knaw I me … I cry Thé marcy
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (STS) xxxiii 39.
Full mony instrument for slawchtir Was in his gardevyance
1513 Doug. viii iv 28.
A hellis byke … Quhar the vile flur … was spred With recent slauchter of blud newly sched
1513 Doug. viii xii 88.
Corpsis new of slauchter red
1533 Boece 83.
He was invadit to slauchter and narolie evadit with his life
a1538 Abell 57(bis)a.
It wes said till him for that sin … ‘The swerd of slauchter sal nocht pas out of thi hous’
1546–7 Corr. M. Lorraine 178.
Statutis … tuiching slauchir and thift
1570 Sat. P. x 375.
For slauchter mercy wald he neuer grant; Baith murtheraris, theifis, and witches he did dant
c1575 Balfour Pract. 512 (see Manslauchter n.). c1575 Balfour Pract. 516.
Kinbuit … to be payit be the committaris of slauchter
1593 Acts IV 43/1.
Baneist for slauchter
1595–6 James VI in Misc. Spald. C. II 219.
To sitt and hald court vpone the actionnes of slawchter mutillacioun [etc.]
1596 Dalr. I 121/4.
Heid him conuicte of slauchtir
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i 84.
Gif he is takin with reid or hait hand of slauchter
(b) 1473–4 Treas. Acc. I 4.
A remissione for all accionis except tressone, murthyre, slachter and thyft
(c) 1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Recognition.
Gif the vassall is fugitiue for slaughter, and nocht law bidand
a1633 Hope Major Pract. II 42.
Barrons who hes pouer of pitt and gallowes hes pouer to hold courts for slaughter
a1633 Hope Major Pract. II 289.
Lyeing in wait for slaughter … to be punished with the paine of death
a1633 Hope Major Pract. II 296.
If the master of the hous slay him [sc. a thief] quietlie without raiseing a shout he is guiltie of slaughter
fig. 1603 Philotus 38.
Came ȝe to wow our lasse, now lachter, Ȝe ar sa rasch thair will be slachter
(2) 1409 Exch. R. IV ccxi.
That nane of the foresaide lordis sal do … to nouthir of thaim slachtir
1473–4 Treas. Acc. I 12.
A remissioune … for slachter committit of ald
1531 Bell. Boece II 163.
He that makis slauchter, sal be heidit
1547 Reg. Privy C. I 59.
Personis that sal happin to committ slauchter … upoun forthocht fellonny
1578 Dunbar Social Life II 2.
For … satisfaction of slachtyr and slachters done be aither of the pairties
1612 Orkney & Shetl. Ct. Bk. 25.
Quhair slauchter is committit within ony jurisdictioun they awcht to be punischit conforme thairto
1641 Misc. Spald. C. II 239.
The Lord Constabill is onlie suprem judge in all materis of ryott … blood and slauchter committit within four mylles of the kingis royall persoun
(3) c1420 Wynt. ix 1050.
To ger herschype and slawchtyr sese
1525 Crim. Trials I i 127.
[He] swore that he suld … stanche thift, reiff, slauchter
(b) 1512 Justiciary Rec. III 300.
The criminal action of the said slachter … suld be put to the knaulege of ane assis
?1549 Corr. M. Lorraine 318.
For gud dres of this slachtir committit laitlie on an servand
(c) 1530 Lennox Mun. 237.
Quhilk slaychter the said Sir James deniit
1562 Cal. Sc. P. I 687.
This berar … happinnit in cummer with ane gentill man, and committit ane slaichter for which he has been long in strait prison
b. c1420 Wynt. i 266.
Quhen that slawchtyr wes foryhettyn, On Eve Adam Seth has gettyn
c1420 Wynt. v 2218.
That fellowne slawchtyr he awowyd, And sayd … thai Suld it murthyre call na way
1513 Doug. vii ix 7.
And the first slauchter was commyt … In dedly weir
1558-66 Knox I 184.
That thei should bruik commodities spirituall or temporall, whatsoever thei possessed befoir the said slauchter [sc. of Cardinal Beaton] evin as yf it had never bein committed
1569 Reg. Morton I 47.
To giff … to the said Gabriell … ane sufficient lettre of slanis and discharge of the samin slauchtir
1584 Acts III 299/2.
Gif it sall happin ather the defendar or persewar to sley … ane of thame … the commitar of the slauchter [etc.]
1591 St. A. Kirk S. 703.
The filthy slawchter commitit be him on Jhone Watt
1600 Crim. Trials II 156.
Giff thow be innocent of ȝone sklauchter, come furth

c. Const. of the victim or victims or with possess. or (rarely) attrib.(1) c1420 Wynt. viii 3242.
For slauchtyr off the Kyngis man
1504 Treas. Acc. II 442.
To hald ane court of justiciary on the Heriotis for slachter of the lard of Fentoun
1531 Bell. Boece I 208.
It wes said this cruell tyrane leuch nevir bot quhen he hard … slauchter of his nobillis: … na sicht micht be mair plesand to him than to se men murdir othir
1533 Boece 341.
Na man menyt that the quene … wald consent to slachter of hir awne husband
1533 Bell. Livy I 114/19 (B).
a1578 Pitsc. II 87 h. of ch.
Hou my Lord Rothus was accusit for slauchter of the Cardinall and was clenȝit
(2) 1456 Hay I 197/20.
He suld nocht consent to the syn of the slauchter of the lady
c1475 Wall. vi 215.
Quhill this deid wrokyn be, The saklace slauchter off hir
1490 Irland Mir. II 14/32.
Thai cryit … that the slauchtir of Jhesu suld fall on thame
a1500 Bk. Chess 1495.
[He] hard him grant the slauchter of this man
c1515 Asl. MS I 218/23.
Efter that he had cummyn fra the slauchter of hir husband
c1515 Asl. MS I 241/11.
Sir James of Douglas … for the foule slauchter of his brother
1496 Acta Conc. II 38.
Thai war dylatit of art and part of the slauchter of umquhile Dyonyse of Hammyltoun
1508–9 Crim. Trials I i 110.
Respitt made … for the slauchtir of vmquhile Schir Lancelote Patonsoun … quhilk happinnit be negligent cure
1513 Doug. ii ii 105.
With blude and by the slauchtir of a maid … ȝe mesyt the wyndis
1535 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. II 70.
1553 Balcarres P. 313.
The storming of Edeng and slauchter of Duik Oras be ane schot
1560 Fam. Rose 233.
1569 Reg. Morton I 49.
The leitt … slawchter and murthoure of … James Erle of Murray
1558-66 Knox I 430.
Gif the slauchter of ane cardinall be ane syn irremissebill
a1578 Pitsc. I 1/4.
Maister Hector Boes and maister Johne Ballentyne quha endit thair cronickill at the slauchter of King James the first
a1578 Pitsc. II 42 h. of ch.
1590 Crim. Trials I ii 195.
The crewall slauchter, be thy craft of poysoun … of Marie Murdocht Moreis dochter
1591 Crim. Trials I ii 250.
Anent the bewiching and slauchter of Patrik Moscrop
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Clan-Makduf.
That Spens of Wormestoun … inioyed … immunitie of this lawe, for the slauchter of ane called Kynnynmonth
1616 Crim. Trials III 401.
Vnder the pretext … of law … for the crewall and barbarus massacaring and slauchter of the said vmquhile Frances be the said Johnne Gordoun, scheref-depute his pretendit vsurpeing judge
1625 Justiciary Cases I 18.
Dilaitit of airt and part of the slauchter of vmquhile Williame Blair … be streking him with ane quhinger in his rycht airme … quhairof … he deceissit
c1650 Spalding I 21.
No redres could be gottin of Balnadalloche for the innocent slauchter of his brothersone
(b) 1473–4 Treas. Acc. I 4.
A remissione for the slachter of Johnne Crossate
1489 Lennox Mun. 130.
The cruell slachter and distruxcion of our souerane Lord
1495 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 596.
The deid & slachtur of wmquhil Johne of Caldwel
1512 Montgomery Mem. 77.
In … assithment of the slachter of … my sone, slane be Wylȝem Blair
1532 Lamont P. 40.
That Johnne Lamount sall … ask forgeifnes of the slachter of the said … Donald
1577 Anal. Scot. I 280.
Edem Donaldson, sawster … was heidit for the slachtar of Jon Tawis
(c) a1595 Cullen Chron. Aberd. 45.
(d) 1539 Crim. Trials I i 252.
1558-66 Knox II 382.
a1578 Pitsc. II 184/33.
The quenis mariaige quhilk continwit to the slaughtir of Seinȝeour Dauid
1689 Buchanan's De Jure Reg. 56.
[He] thought him to be nobilitate by the slaughter of a tyrant
(e) 1528–9 Stirling B. Rec. I 34.
Pate Fyndelosoun was convicit be ane conding assis for the creuall slakter of Johen Hammiltoun
(3) possess. c1400 Troy-bk. ii 2016.
Cletemistra … had Ane buschement for his slauchtir mad
c1400 Troy-bk. ii 2561.
Frome thar slauchter as he gan pas [etc.]
1533 Boece 8b.
How Nothat was crownit; of his mysgiding and slauch[t]er
1533 Boece 258b.
He subornit ane parte of the garde in the kingis slauchter
1557 Digest Justiciary Proc. B 146.
He … crewallie invaidit & persewit the said Walter for his slauchter
1562–3 Cal. Sc. P. I 692.
1565 Facs. Nat. MSS III xlvii.
The allegit conspiracy of his slauchter
1569 Cal. Sc. P. III 15.
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 127.
Decernit … to haue bein co-criminal of the kingis slauchter
1594 Warrender P. (SHS) II 249.
[The murderers of Cawdor] awatit upon him in all places quhair thay micht convenientlie for his slawchtter quhill in the end thay gat the same done
1596 Dalr. I 288/6.
1611 Annandale Corr. 276.
1619 Crim. Trials III 482.
The said Johnne Lyddell … invaidit the said vmquhile Johnne Bell for his slauchter, schote him … with tua bullettis
(4) attrib. a1400 Leg. S. ii 457.
And thai … throw browthir slawchtir can the file

d. Where the possess. pron. indicates the perpetrator. Also fig. Also transf. const. of the perpetrator. 1530 Maxwell Mem. I 262.
His slauttyr of the sayd Erle
fig. c1500-c1512 Dunb. (STS) lxxiv 6.
Stynt of ȝour slauchter; Allace! ȝour man am I
transf. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 1661.
His gay grewhound … Quhilk sauit his sone fra slauchter of the serpent

e. transf. The destruction of the soul. 1456 Hay I 33/27.
The said weris ar mare perilous … be caus thai touch bath slaughter of body and saule

2. The indiscriminate killing of large numbers of people, as in battle, warlike depredations and the like; wholesale killing, carnage; massacre. Variously const. Also transf. b. An instance of this.(1) 1375 Barb. v 116.
The noyis, slauchtir, and the cry
?1438 Alex. i 2659. c1420 Wynt. ii 20.
Men in slawchtyre dede
c1420 Wynt. viii 2418.
Fyvys-Nes … wes … wastyd … Be slauchtyr and destructyown
1442 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 307.
Gret slawchter, … wasting of owr liegis and commone & vther mony evyll
1513 Doug. i vii 95.
With gret slauchter bludy Diomeid Distroyt all
1513 Doug. vii ix 78.
Thys hait fury of slauchtir and fell affray
1531 Bell. Boece I 23.
Invading the countre with continuall heirschippis, fire and slauchter
1531 Bell. Boece I 169.
Corbreid … brocht thaim to sic irrecoverabill afflictioun and slauchter that [etc.]
1531 Bell. Boece I 170.
Sa innowmerabill slauchter was on all sidis
1533 Bell. Livy II 47/10.
The Ardeatis and Aricinis, eftir thai had invadit other mony ȝeris with batall, war sa brokin with athir slauchter, that [etc.]
1533 Boece 299b.
Arthure defendit slauchter … that he suld nocht be argunnit of inhumanite apoun captivis
1549 Compl. 5/23.
He purchessis pace … vitht out … slauchtir or hayrschip to be amang the pepil
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 297.
Gistis … wes … lattin fall on thame … be the quhilk thair wes greit slauchter to the nummber of xvij
a1578 Pitsc. I 19/11.
The mischeif, slawchtar, baneisment [etc.] … quhilk the chancellar thocht to haue done to ws
(b) a1400 Leg. S. xl 821.
[He] had the leding of the land, In vorschipe & slachtyr bath One Inglis-men to do skath
1397 Acts I 208/1.
That na man vse sik destrucciouns slachtir reif na bryning
1533 Boece 376.
Takin was all the nobilite that euadit the slachter and put in festinance
1596 Dalr. I 78/16.
The diligens … of this Thanaus thay vsed … to keip aback slachtir that vset … to brek furth
(c) 1651 Nicoll Diary 59.
Eftir many assaltis and slaghter on both sydes … the Scottis airmy wer put to the wors
(d) c1400 Troy-bk. ii 940.
Heleyne … Thrught whom such slaughtre … they had … Suffred
a1578 Pitsc. I 46/27.
Slaughter and heirscheip rang … in his dayis
a1578 Pitsc. II 43/34.
To defait so money men bot slaughter
(e) 1549 Compl. 23/2.
The … distructione of oure nobil barrons … be cruel ande onmercyful slauthyr
a1568 Bell. Bann. MS 367b/63.
And leivis in slawtter terranny and blude
1591–2 Cal. Sc. P. X 633.
[With] slatter [on both sides]
transf. a1400 Leg. S. xxxiii 61 (see (2)).(2) ?1438 Alex. ii 4860.
He in armes … sic slauchter hes maid … That [etc.]
c1475 Wall. v 930.
On Sotheron men full gret slauchter thai maid
1513 Doug. v xiii 98.
Sik multitude Of slauchtir he maid quhil Exanthus the flude Mycht fynd na way to ryn onto the see
1531 Bell. Boece II 417.
Seing the miserable slauchter that wes maid on thaim
1533 Boece 154.
Vtheris bering … iavillingis maid sa cruell slauchter
1533 Boece 362.
Litill slauchter in the bargane was made, bot in the chais horrible and large
1545 St. P. Henry VIII V 502.
1596 Dalr. I 193/1.
This … maid gret slachter amang the Pechtes
1405 Douglas Corr. 64.
The brennynge, slachtyr and takynge of prisoneris … that is done be yhour men to Scottys men within the saide trewis
transf. a1400 Leg. S. xxxiii 60.
Sic fellone slachtir ay mad he [sc. the serpent] Thru slachtir and corrupcion Of the ayre that he wald poyson
(3) 1386 Rot. Sc. II 85/2.
Nowthir be brynnyng ne slaghter of men, … taking of castelx [etc.] … na nane othir harmes
c1400 Troy-bk. ii 791 (C).
Cassandra … the slaughtre [D. slauthter] thar Of hyrris, that sleyne war, sorowed yhar
c1400 Troy-bk. ii 1183 (C).
After Troyes distructioune … And the slaughtre of the citezanis
1409 Exch. R. IV ccx.
Alswa gif thar happynnis ony … riot among thair men that touchis … slachtir of men, thai sal … ger it be stanchit
1446 Raine N. Durham App. 22.
The manifest tressonable takyn off our castell of Dunbar … slawchtyr prisonyng oppressyon of our peple
1456 Hay I 54/14.
And thare was sik slauchter of men that pitee was to see
1531 Bell. Boece II 479.
The victory … was not but gret slauchter of his best capitanis: bot mair nowmer war slane of his contrapart
1533 Boece 70.
Britouns … abstenit fra slauchter of sic persouns as … war febill
a1538 Abell 101a.
c1500-50 Brevis Cronica 330.
In his tyme was greit murthour and slauchter of innocentis
1562-3 Winȝet II 22/25.
Be our bluid we hef weschin away the slawchtir of the confessouris
a1578 Pitsc. I 72/30.
He desyrit … at King Henrie sa mekill of Scottis ground as he might conquis in Scotland be the slaughter of the inhabitantis thairof
1533 Bell. Livy I 56/28.
Nowthir this nor that side regardit thare propir damage or slauchtir
b. 1375 Barb. xix 567.
Thai stabbit stekit and thai slew … A felloun slauchtir maid thai thair
1460 Hay Alex. 2947.
Bot thair was sic ane slauchter and a murth Off manis blud … That it was pitie
1513 Doug. ii vii 86.
A miserabil slauchtir thar begouth that nycht
1531 Bell. Boece I 125.
Followit, ane miserable slauchter on the flearis
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 246.
Ane infinite slauchter

3. pl. Variously const. in the above senses.(1) 1456 Hay II 86/32.
Inymitee makis weris and slauchteris
1473 Treas. Acc. I 48.
Lettres … for stanching of the slachteris and herschippis
1493 Crim. Trials I i 14.
Crimez, offensis, reffis, … slauchteris
1512 Crawford Mun. Invent. I 45 24 Apr.
Personis … delaitit of thee saidis slauthiris and crymes
1513 Doug. xii ix 4.
Quhat god sall now … me lern in metyr to declar Sa feill … slauchteris
1524 Treas. Acc. V 237.
ij lettres of slauchteris to call the committaris … to the xvj day of Aprile
1530 Montgomery Mem. 111.
1530 Montgomery Mem. 111.
1531 Bell. Boece I 40.
He … persewit his nobillis with slauchteris and banissing
1559 Cal. Sc. P. I 276.
a1578 Pitsc. I 56/21.
Innumerabill slaughteris war maid
1651 Moray Synod 110.
The laird of Rothemay [to be put] to due satisfactione for two casuall slaughters
(2) 1397 Acts I 208/1.
The grete & horrible destrucciouns heryschippis brynyngis & slachteris that ar sa commonly done throch al the kynrike
1494 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 68.
Thair hes bene sundrie slauchteris bene committit
1499 Fam. Rose 170.
1502 Crim. Trials I i 30.
Robert Oliuer [etc.] … has committit diverse reiffis, hereschippis, slauchtaris [etc.]
1548 Crim. Trials I i 362.
1554 Crim. Trials I i 373.

4. The butchering of domestic animals for food; an instance of this, esp., a particular episode or period of butchering. Also, with possess. pron., the activity as carried out by an individual butcher. Also const. for, of, to the slauchtir, chiefly fig.(1) 14.. Acts I 33/2.
Fleschewaris … sal serve the burges in tyme of slauchter that is to say fra the fest of Sayncte Martyne quhil Yhule
1510–11 Rentale Dunkeld. (SHS) 6.
[Account of George Brown … of ox-hides received by him in 1509, of] lie sclauchter [of that year]
1529 Exch. R. XV 681.
The vther skynnis viz. May scynnis and the winter slauchtir
1596 Paisley B. Rec. 180.
To by all beistiall for the slauchtir upon the equal expenssis and to slay the samin in the buthts
(2) 1561–2 Treas. Acc. XI 112.
Lettres dischargeing the slauchter of lammis for thre ȝeris
1567 Acts III 30/2.
Ane artickle for slauchter of veilis and lambis
(3) 1655 Edinb. B. Rec. VIII 383.
The haill fleshers … who are not burgesis … to remove furth of this brugh with their slaughter
1661 Glasgow B. Rec. II 475.
The ruch tallyow they [sc. fleshers] had and is made be them of their awine slaughter
(4) 1595 Skene in Misc. Stair Soc. I 144.
iiii bow of ky and ic and xl yeild nolt for slauchter as neid sall require
fig. c1520-c1535 Nisbet Rom. viii 36.
We are gessit as schepe of slauchtire [P. slauȝtir]
1590-1 R. Bruce Serm. 166.
As for the fed-marts of this world, the Lord … has appointed them for slaughter
c1650 P. Gordon Brit. Dist. 25.
As sheepe broght furth to the slaighter

5. attrib. With sheip, ky, etc. a. (About to be) earmarked for slaughter. b. (Having been) slaughtered. c. With skins, etc., ? specif. as sold by the butcher from a newly slaughtered beast (see quot. Edinb. B. Rec.). d. With hous, also fig.a., b. 1562 Kinnaird Farm Bk. 16b.
The skynis of daid and slachter scheip
1563 Kinnaird Farm Bk. 20b.
Delywerit … to be slachter scheip, of ram and rigat xix
1564 Dunlop P. II 339.
Twa slauchtir ky price of ilk kow ourheid iij lib. sax s. viij d.
1586 Edinb. Test. XVI 330.
Tua slauchter oxin price of the pece fyve li. vj s. viij d.
1603 Reg. Great S. 514/2.
Pittie custumes … of ilk slauchter scheip 2 penneis
1612 Stirling B. Rec. I 132.
Ilk slauchter kow passing langis the brig … tua penneis
1645 Rutherford Tryal Faith (1845) 43.
It should be but the logic of a beast if the slaughter ox should say [etc.]
1654 Conv. Burghs III 388. 1673 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct.) 16 Jan.
Two slachter weedders
fig. a1585 Maitl. Q. 148/180.
Ȝour onlie sone quha semed a slauchter scheip … He did conserue
a1585 Maitl. Q. 194/117.
To sell the saikles as ane slauchter mairt
c. 1548 Perth Guildry p. 256 (11 May).
Tha coft fra Robert Derynocht … thre hundreth and ane ½c of slauhter kyd skynnis
1562 Kinnaird Farm Bk. 11b.
Slauchter skynis
1581 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 226.
Anent the flescheouris and … the selling of skynis and hydis … that the said flesche haif the hyde stikking with the carcage [etc.] … that … the saidis skinyis … be … brocht to the oppin mercattis … that na merchantis … that lykis to bye ony skynnis or hydis fra the flescheoures … by thair slawchter skynis or hyddis before hand
1582 Edinb. Test. XI 161b.
Of blak lamb skynnis … of slauchter kyd skynnis
1599 Edinb. B. Rec. V 260.
All fleschouris … sall caus bring … to the merkettis all thair slawchter skynnis in somer before aucht houris
d. a1633 Hope Major Pract. I 41.
[That no] fleshers be sufered to have slaughter houses … [within the city boundaries]
1676 Edinb. B. Rec. X 274.
To remove the fleshers slawchterhousses to the North Loch syd
fig. 1571 Cal. Sc. P. III 640.
[To my own country I cannot go, unless I would] wittyngly ryne into the slhawchter hous [for I am] put to the horine

6. The killing of animals more generally.For a similar range of usage cf. Sla v. 9 a-d. 1473 Prestwick B. Rec. 23.
The slachtir of a brandit kow
1482 Acta Aud. 99/2.
The actioune … anent the spulȝe & slauchter of ijc gymmyr & dynmont
1503 Acts II 242/2.
Anent the slauchter of red fische in foreboding tyme [etc.]
1535 Stewart 16861.
He … with mony lordis met … With greit doggis for slauchter of the deir
15.. Clar. i 1113.
The king … thankit him … For slauchter of the lyoun
1557 Digest Justiciary Proc. B 140.
Fylit of the cryme … for cuming to the Linkis … with nettis … for slauchter of cwningis
1559 Inverness Rec. I 32.
Thom Crone … is mad fre of the slachtyr of Hendre Kar geys
1590 Crim. Trials I ii 206.
The said Jonett Grant … to be fylit … of the crewall murthour of vmquhile Alexander Abircrumbie … be wichcraft … and of the slauchter and distructioune of saxtene heid of nolt
1627 Old Ross-shire II 34.
Malcolme R. confesses the slachter of blackfish
fig. 1644 Petrie Chiliasto-Mastix 60.
After the slauchter of the beast

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