A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
About this entry:
First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).
Unresponsable, -ible, adj. [17th and 18th c. Eng. unresponsable (a1661), unresponsible (1710); Responsabill adj., Responsibill adj.] a. Not subject to the law; unable to pay one's debts. Cf. Unresponsal(l adj. b. ? Of low status or standing or ? a further example of a. —a. 1619 Conv. Burghs III 89.
[To] ressave sum satisfactioun in recompence of thair pairts quha is deid, or denyit his … debt, or past furth of the cuntrey and becum vnresponsable 1620 Conv. Burghs III 108.
[The commissioners] in full recompence of the saids persones quha ar deceist and becum vnresponsable [granted to Thomas Speir the sum of £200 Scots] —b. 1634 Jedburgh B. Rec. 28 Nov.
Lat no person … set any of their houses or buiths to unresponsible persons
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Unresponsable adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 8 Aug 2022 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/unresponsable>