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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).

Unstrenȝ(e)abill, adj. Also: unstrenȝeable, -yeabill, -able, wnstrenyhabyll, -yeable, onstrenyeable. [Strenȝeabil(l adj.] a. Of land, property: Unsuitable for distraint. b. Of a person: Not able to be distrained, incapable of fulfilling a financial obligation.a. 1433 Liber Coll. Glasg. 167.
Qwhat tym at the said Johne … fyndis the said landis wnbyggit and wnstrenyhabyll for the annuell
1497–8 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 79.
The sadis persounis … deponit … that the sade grvnde wes wnstrenyeable for the sade annuall
1510–11 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 11.
[He alledged] the said annuel unepayit … and the said grond unstrenyeable and vod of ony movable gudis
1516 Wigtown B. Ct. 54a.
1563 Dumfries B. Ct. 187.
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. ii 1b (Table).
The Lord of ane vnstrenȝeabill tenement, may saise the samine in his awin hands, for the arrierages, and byrunne fermes
(b) 1497–8 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 79.
b. 1512 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 360.
Gif the hovs … sall happyn to falye sa that thai be vnstrenyeabill for thar annuellis

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