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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).
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Walk(i)ning, Wak(e)ning, vbl. n. Also: walkynnyng, walken(n)ing, walkning, -yng, wakening, wak(e)nyng, (vaknyng), waik(i)ning. [Late ME wakonyng (c1400), wakenyng (c1440).]

1. The action of waking from sleep. (Walkin v. 1.) c1420 Wynt. iii 389.
Scho hym band Fast in his slepe … Thare in his walknyng [W. wakenyng, E.2 waking] … [Than thai] twa rapys … He brak
1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. Pray. 1.
Ane morning prayer, to be sayd at our walkening
1677 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. V 263.
Threatenings … to give the petitioner and his familie ane hott walkening

2. The action of arousing or stirring up (a state of affairs). (Walkin v. 2.) 14.. Burgh Laws c. 78 (A).
Giff ony … missayis balȝes … hym behuffis … say that he lede & wycht waknyng of mercy
1533 Boece 526a.
This was new occasioun & walkynnyng of were
1611 Calderwood VII 149.
How hard walkenning to the conscience is force, when it sall remember it sould not have beene forced
1674 Edinb. B. Rec. X 188.
There [sc. the deacons] being refractive … may prove a dangerous preparative for disquyetteing the peace of the citie and waikning of the hands of [the] ministry

3. The action of reviving a legal process, an instance of this. (Walkin v. 3.) b. The document by which this is carried out. 1584 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I xliv.
Anent the summonds of walkining in the actioun
1584 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I xliv.
This day being assignit be ane walkining to pronunce interloquitor in the said caus
1587 Glasg. Univ. Mun. I 144.
Lettres of walkning
1601 Ellon Presb. 13.
Renewing and walkning … of the process
1603 Shetland Sheriff Ct. (ed.) 100.
The precept of waikning [MS waikining] dewlie execut
1616 Fraserburgh Kirk S. 70b (6 March).
[A] bill of complaint … is continuit to new walkning in respect of absence of perties
1642 Acts Sederunt ii 51.
It shall not be needful to any parties to raise wakenings of suspensiouns, or new citations
1663 Aberd. Council Lett. IV 244.
To proceid against the laird of Pitfodels upon the walkning of our summonds of declarator
1666 Glasgow Chart. II 66.
Summonds of walkining
1673 Aberd. Council Lett. V 262.
This proces most be walkened, therfor to caus rease a short walkening theron
1676 Aberd. Council Lett. VI 16.
For your better informatione and more secure walkening with Morphie and John Scot I have taken ane full dowble of the decreit
1681 Stair Inst. iv xxxiv § 4.
Summonses of wakening are necessary when a process … is superannuated, not being called in a whole year
1684 Decis. Lords F. 65.
The wakening behoved to be within the 10 years
1696 Glasgow Procurators 99.
For executing the summonds off adjudicatione and walkening
b. 1642 Aberd. Council Lett. II 342.
Siclyk I send with the said new summonds the coppies of the … decreitts … as for the walkining I shall bring it or send it

4. A vigil. = Wa(l)kin(g vbl. n.1 3. 1561 Q. Kennedy Compendious Ressonyng (ed.) 176/2.
The first mes to be said in the myddis of the nycht—quhilk we call the vknyng [? erron. for vaknyng] in remembrance … that Christ … was borne in Bethleem in to the nycht

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