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Unthank, n. Also: unthanc, -thanche, wnthanke, -ȝank, -heȝanch, winthanke, hunthanch. [ME and e.m.E. unðonk- (c1175), unnþannk- (Orm), unþonc (a1225), vnthank- (Cursor M.), OE unþanc.]

1. In early use, as a place-name, from OE unþances genitive sing., = against one's will, without consent, hence: (A) squatter farm. Hunthanch; ?11 … /?12… Reg. St. A. 257.
Wnthanke; 1290 J. B. Johnston Place-names of Scotland s.v. Unthank.
Dimidiem cerucetam terre in territorio de villa de Vnthanc; 12… Reg. St. A. 235.
Wnȝank; 1335 Liber Melros 414.
Wnheȝanch; 1335 Liber Melros 415.
Vnthank; 1335–6 Liber Melros 416.
Vnthanche; 1342 Liber Melros 422.
Winthanke; n.d. Johnston Place-names of Scotland s.v. Unthank.

2. a. Ingratitude. b. pl. Offences, injuries. a. This was cheif way … That couth be seyne for manly saluacioun All our vnthank perfytlie till exclud Crist for to de for our redempcioun; Contempl. Sinn. 1099 (Asl.).
b. Edward with the lang schankis That efterwart did Scotland greit vnthankis; Stewart 47015.

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