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Testamentar, adj. (n.) Also: -are, -air(e, -er, -our, -ary, testementar, testmentar, testamentary. [Late ME and e.m.E. testamentarie (1456), testamentory (1596), F. testamentaire, L. testamentārius.]

A. adj. 1. Pertaining to a testament or will. 1483 Acta Conc. II cxxix.
The actioun … persewit be William of Douglas … as ane of the executouris of umquhile James of Douglas [etc.] … is … referrit be the Lordis of Counsale to be determyt … befor the spirituale juge ordiner because it is a spirituale actioun and testmentar

2. Of persons: Nominated or assigned in a will. a. Tutor (tutrix) (also, once, tutorie) testamentar. b. Air, executor, etc. testamentar.a. 1464–5 Aberd. B. Rec. MS V i 517 (9 Feb.).
Willam of Vaitre tuttour testamentar to Murtho Leny son & air of vmquhile Nicoll Leny
1478 Acta Conc. I 11/2.
James … & Thomas Andersone tutouris testamenter of Thomas Grundistone the sone and are of Dauid Grundistone
1498 Acta Conc. II 167.
Jhone Lindesay and Maister Henry Quhite, tutouris testamentouris to Robert Quhite
1514 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 24.
All thingis concerning the privelege of the croune, the quhilk the quene presomyt to ois as tutrix testamentar to the kingis grace
1513–4 Reg. Privy S. I 388/2.
The queyn, tutrice testamentare and governour to the king
1567 Edinb. Test. I 43a.
Schir John Maxwell of Terregles, … my tutour testamentar
c1575 Balfour Pract. 114.
Thair ar thre kindis of tutoris; for sum tutoris ar testamentaris, sum tutoris of law, and sum ar tutoris dative … The tutor testamentar is gevin be the father in his testament
1581 Edinb. Test. X 102.
I … ordinis the said Jonet my spous tutrix testamentar to all my saidis barnes … and govirnatrix of thame
1587 Acts III 472/1.
1593–4 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I 297.
Robert Robesoun burges of Kirkcudbricht tutour testamentar confirmit to Robert McKynnall … as the said testament
a1633 Hope Major Pract. I 302.
Found that ane tutorie testamentar expyres not quher one of them deceases albeit they wer namit conjunctlie
1638 Dumfries Test. I 11b.
I nominat Thomas Makburnie … and … my spous … Tutoris testementaris to my said bairne during his minoritie
1661 Decis. Lords G. 9.
The countess also pursues her tutors-testamentars for exhibition & delivery of her charter chist
(b) 1605 Reg. Privy S. VII 592.
Margaret Elphingstoun his mother and tutrix testamentary
b. 1531 Bell. Boece II 360.
Alexander the Thrid, … left na airis testamenter
1533 Boece 83b.
Gillus … allegit … he was be his fader King Evene left gouernour testamentare to the realme
1545 Reg. Cupar A. II 297.
Hes maid … Katrine Campill, his spouis, his executrix testamentar to all … sovmis of mone, dettis, and other gair
1561 Admir. Ct. Bk. (St. S.) 196.
He … nemmit Elizabeth Craufurde his executrice testamentar
1587 Prot. Bk. J. Inglis 3 April.
I Elspetht Turnour … sen thair is wit & knawlege in my mynd to mak this my lettir will & testament … ordanis William Redfurd & Allexander Redfurd my executouris testamenter
1622-6 Bisset II 80/9.
Gif ony persone testamentare or dative to ony deidis geir gevis nocht up the iust inventare [etc.]
1672 Rothesay B. Rec. 311 (see Test v. a).

3. Testament testamentar, see Testament n. 1 d.

4. Of or pertaining to the (Old) Testament. 1671 McWard True Nonconf. i 19.
The resistance of the Maccabees was Old Testamentaire and now antiquate

B. noun. Appar. one who makes a will, one who has died leaving a will. 1620 Edinb. Test. L 286b.
The said testamentar levis … the haill rest of his insycht to be equallie pairtit

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