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Stabillar, Stabular, Stabler, n. Also: stabel(l-, staibill-, staibl-, stebill-, ste(a)bl- and -a(i)r(e, -(i)er, also, abbrev. steler. [Late ME and e.m.E. stabyler (15th c.), stabyller (Cath. Angl.), only translating L. stabulārius, OF establier (12th c. in Greimas), med. L. stabularius, -aria (c1270, c1325 in Latham) a stable-man or -woman.] A keeper of a (livery) stable; a stable-man or -woman.(1) 1497 Aberd. B. Rec. I 62.
That al pynouris, stebillaris and carteris hevand horses be thar with thar horsis and cartis
1497 Aberd. B. Rec. I 64.
Al stabillaris to haue sufficient stabillis, hek, manger, corne, foder, [etc.]
1520 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 201. 1529 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. II 6.
At na maner of personis except stabillaris by nor sell ony aittis or hay
1671 Edinb. B. Rec. X 113.
The Councell … commands … the stabelers and muckmen to remove ther middings off the high streits
1671 Edinb. B. Rec. X 113.
(b) 1508 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 117.
That all stabulares … sall sell … the stane of hay for iiij d. … and at thai haif thair … wechts thairfore
a1538 Abell 33a.
Constantinus … had ane sone gottin apone Heleyn King Cleois dochtir … Othir sais that sche wes ane stabulaire
1650–51 Milne-Home MSS 103.
(c) 1546 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. II 125.
The staibleris to the nummer of xix personis
1550 Elgin Rec. I 104.
That all comound stableris within this burgh hef redy stray and corne to sell to our souerane ladeis liegis
a1570-86 Maitl. F. 438/26.
The stableris gattis na stabil fies
1593 Edinb. B. Rec. V 102.
That every topster, taverner, browster, hoistler and staibler … hing furth ane bowatt licht
1611 Edinb. B. Rec. VI 69.
That na staiblers tak na mair nor sex schillings for thair hors corne
1627 Aberd. B. Rec. III 17.
All keipares of ines, staibleres, and uthers inhabitantes quhasoever
1639 Acts V 606/1.
Ordaines the stableris measure to be according to the mercat measure
c1680 W. Row Blair 147.
A pursuivant calling to a stabler to provide against to-morrow morning two horses to him
1703 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 332.
Ane proclamatioune … dischargeing all hyrers and stablers from giveing out or hyreing any horses … for ryding or travelleing on the Sabbath day
(2) 1545–6 Reg. Privy S. III 231/1.
Johnne Neche, the stabular
1561–2 Edinb. Old Acc. II 149.
Robert Mure, steablare, burgess
1578 Misc. Spald. C. II 50.
Wilyem Straiquhen, stabeler in Aberden
1582 Perth B. Ct. 7 Dec.
Alexander Rait staiblair burges of perth
1582 Reg. Privy C. III 488.
Johnne Broun, stabler, in Edinburgh
1589 Edinb. B. Rec. V 5.
Robert Newlands, staibler, quha wes schott laitlie in the touns service at the tuilyie betuix Balcleuch and Fairniherst
1596 Misc. Spald. C. I 83.
1620 Grant Chart. 328.
1625 Justiciary Cases I 26.
Allaster Montgomerie, staibler
1657 Retours II Inq. Spec. Perth (650).
1679 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 280 (1 Jan.).
William McClellan therin designed stabler burges of Kirkcudbricht
1658–1700 Greyfriars Interments 13.
Alexander, George, steler [sc. stabler], his wife

b. Maister stabillar, (one of) the persons in charge of the stables of the monarch, etc.; an official of the royal household. c. The grit maister stabuler, a high official of the royal household.b. 1538 Treas. Acc. VI 421.
For carying … ane coffer of the maister stabiller to the quene
1562 Treas. Acc. XI 154.
For … mending of the Quenis grace coiche at the maister stabillaris command
1566–7 Reg. Privy S. V ii 324/2.
Payand yeirlie … for the saidis medois to oure soveranis maister stabillar
1567 Treas. Acc. XII 60.
To Nicole Purves, lowrimer, for certane werk and graith furnesit be him to hir graces maister stabillaris
1573–4 Reg. Privy C. II 344.
Patrik Walter, maister stabillar for the tyme to George Erll of Huntlie
a1578 Pitsc. I 367/18.
The King of France caussit his maister stabillaris to … waill ane dowssane of the best [horse]
1587 Reg. Privy C. IV 171.
Maister Williame Leslie, ane of his hienes maister stabularis
1588 Exch. R. XXI 383.
1593 Exch. R. XXII 576.
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI (1825) 240.
He came hayme in the queynis cumpany, and remaynis as ane of hir majesties maister stablers
1600 Crim. Trials II 212.
No other creature being with his highnes bot he and John Hamilton of Grange, one of his maiesties master-stablers the rest of the court being all before in the chase
1603 Moysie 46.
Certane of the kingis seruandis … war dischargit court; as namly Dounypace and Carnok maister steblaris
c. 1599 Cal. Sc. P. XIII 449.
[Our trusty cousin, the Lord Home, our great Master] Stabuler [and Warden of our East March]
1600 Reg. Privy C. VI 171.
The ordour to be kepit be the noblemen and utheris in accumpaneing his majestie … to the tolbuithe during the tyme of this parliament … Upon his majesteis rycht hand the capitane of his hienes gaird, and at his hienes left hand the grit maister stabuler

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