A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Spot, Spott, n. Also: spot(t)e. [ME and e.m.E. spotte (a1200), spot (a1340), spote (14th c.), MDu. spotte, spot, LG spot, ON spotti (spottr).]
1. Moral stain, blemish, stigma, disgrace, chiefly of something.
(1) Wynt. iv 2350 (C) (see (2) below).
Heuses … signifies at he that first bure thaim in armes wes a man trauailland in vaillance and kepit him fra ony spot of villane dedis; Loutfut MS 40a.
The Scottis hes ay inviolatly kepit the Cristin faith, but ony spot of heresy; Bell. Boece I 34.
The Emprioure Henry … defendit his dignite but spot or makill of dishonour; Boece 571b.
All the deformiteis and spottis of syn, quhilk blekkis our saule; Hamilton Cat. 122.
Preseruing … thy bewtifull body and saule fra al spot of notorius cryme; Winȝet I 11/19.
To purge the spot of syn originall; Bell. Bann. MS 2a/70.
Monie ecclesiastik persounis, quha appeiringlie war asperget with the spotis of auarice and pleasures; Dalr. II 466/12.
The perpetuall spott of perjurie dew to thame for thair violatioun of the said assuirance; 1603 Reg. Privy C. VI 524.
(2) Cesare … off hys gowne a lap tuk thare, And cuveryd befor hys eyne bare, And wytht his left hand he held downe The nethir lape … Behynd lauch, that nane suld se Spot, fylth [C. spot of filthe], or wnhoneste Behynd, in till his down fallyng; Wynt. iv 2324.
Virgile … Thy wark sall endur in lawd and glory But spot or falt; Doug. i Prol. 50.
Be his ways als Malcolme prince of Northumbirland wes distroyit be wennum and sa he put ane spot in his fame that his sone suld succeid to him and nocht he; Abell 71a.
I will desyr Spottiswod … that he tak nocht that spot to him … bot he mak ane confutatioun to oure confirmatioun of the sacrifice of Mes; Q. Kennedy Compendious Ressonyng (ed.) 152/9.
Geue ony spote or blek be in the lauchfull ordination of our pastores; Winȝet I 7/15.
My precius body pure, Sa clene from sin and spot; G. Ball. 149.
I will that ȝe do nathing quhairthro ony spot may be layit to my honor or conscience; 1568 Hosack Mary Q. of Scots I 572.
His guidsire, his fader, and himself, hes faithfullie servit his hienes and his progenitouris … without spot or reproche; 1580 Reg. Privy C. III 281.
Thir … subjectis … do testifie befoir God and the warld, that … thay ar favoraris of the saidis lymmaris … so thay do leave a foull, infamous, and ignominious spott upoun thame, thair housis, and posteritie; 1616 Reg. Privy C. X 656.
2. A spot or disfiguring mark, a blemish or stain, chiefly on the skin of a person or animal. Also const. of the substance, etc. causing the mark.
(1) Thy lustie lyre ouirspred with spottis blak And lumpis haw appeirand in thy face; Henr. Test. Cress. 339.
In all his lusty lecam nocht ane spot; K. Hart 11.
As the filth or [sp]ottis of the face schawis in the myrrour of glas; Myll Spect. 272/31.
The Ros … Fro the stok ryell rysing fresche and ȝing But ony spot or macull; Dunb. (STS) xlviii 152.
Naevis, ane spot on the body; Despauter (1579).
Be gewing to him of poysoun … quhairby his face, nek, handis and haill body, brak out in reid spottis; 1591 Crim. Trials I ii 250.
Spotte; Despauter (1617) 18.
Ther cam by a stranger woman and said the horse has gotten a blast of ill wind, and when his skin shall be taken off it would have a black spott quher he had gotten the stroke; 1650 Brechin Presb. 40.
Quhilk day Kat Moore was tried [sc. for the mark] and it was found undernethe her richt shoulder a little whyt unsensible spott; 1662 Highland P. III 17.
(2) Persaving nowder spiritis nor aynd, bot fynding his body examinate horribly flekkit with spottis of the poysoun; Boece 287b.
None spott of fyre distenyng cote nor goun; Lynd. Mon. 2448.
b. A stain, a piece of dirt.
Some spottis in the house ye man out spy; Wyf Awcht. 28 (K).
3. A (small) mark of a different colour from the main surface, a spot on a piece of fabric or the skin of an animal, etc. Also transf.
Hir gyte was gray, and full of spottis blak; Henr. Test. Cress. 260.
Basilique is a fische in maner of a serpent … he is of gretnes vi fut … And has quhit spottis & creste as a cok to the myddis of his body; Loutfut MS 30b.
The hog … hes my byrne and ane blak spot one the for hauch; 1535–6 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 160.
[5 oxen of the] kyndis spotes age and cullors that they ar presentlie at the mercat croce; 1662 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I 151.
transf. The countrey … ouercled heere and there with spots of sheepe and goates; Lithgow Trav. vi 292.
4. A small area or extent of land. Chiefly in place and personal names.
Sciant omnes … me … dedisse et concessisse … Hertesheued et Spot per suas rectas diuisas inter se & inter Steintun [etc.]; 1153–65 Liber Melros I 8.
Totum pratum quod vocatur Medeuspot; 1367 Reg. Great S. (1814) 58/1.
Magistro Georgio Schoriswood rectore de Cultre domino Niniano Spot capellano; 1450 Reg. Dunferm. 314.
This Corspatrik … The battall syne of Spottismuir he gart caus; Kennedy Flyt. 269.
Octo acras terrarum cum lie battis lie spottis prati; 1567 Reg. Privy S. V ii 393/2.
— [The grain which grew in the] Spotte haucht; 1539 Prot. Bk. Sir J. Cristisone 65.
Ordanis the spott of brunt land on the south syd of the mos of the Gardyne to ly ley in commontie; 1578 Aberd. Chart. 339.
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