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Allanerly, Alanerly, adv. and adj. Also: all-, alanerle, -li(e, -lye, -ley; all-, alanyrly, -lie; all-, alanarlie, allannerlie, -anderly; allanneralie, -allie, -ally; ailanerlie, allainerlie. Cf. Allenarly. [All adv. and Anerly adv. Also used in ME. (14th c.), but later only Sc. Forms with all- and with al- occur with about equal frequency.]

A. adv. 1. Singly, solitarily. 1375 Barb. v. 281; Ib. x. 705, 733.
Iames … can him pray, That he wald cum all anerly For to spek with hym preuely
?1438 Alex. ii. 2971.
He wend allanerly him allane Wincus the chaissaris euerilk ane

2. Only, solely, merely. (Very common from c 1450.)(a) a1400 Leg. S. vii. 239.
Bot nocht all anerly because of ded Of Jamis tynt wes swa that sted
c1420 Wynt. i. 442.
[To] lyve in lykyn and in es, Allanyrly bot Gode to ples
1456 Hay I. 209/26.
For the writtin law sais that … thare suld be bot a lord and a prince allanerly
1486 Stirlings of Keir 256.
The saidis landis to be haldin … for ane braide arowe at Mydsymyr, gif it be askit allanyrlie
1506 Treas. Acc. III. 126.
To the More taubronar, his wage of this moneth of August allanerly
1529 Edinb. B. Rec. 5.
At ilk baxtar haif bot ane buth to sell his breid in allanerlie
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 3326.
He saw nother King nor Knycht In tyll his maisteris cumpanye, Except wemen allanerlye
a1578 Pitsc. I. 129/5.
It pertenis to god allanerlie to knaw the … heartis of men
1596 Paisley B. Rec. 176.
To big ane chop of sex quarters breid allanarlie
1622-6 Bisset I. 57/20.
Na man sall possese landis … or biggings bot allanerlie be the kingis licence
1657 Mure II. 240.
The inheretance proper to the air & his successours allanerlie
1696 Conv. Burghs IV. 217.
Without payment of any dewes except the conservators allanerley
(b) a1400 Leg. S. xviii. 150.
Sume tuk … vattir potage al-anerly
c1420 Wynt. ii. 341.
Hys larde … all hys gude put in hys warde, Bot alanerly the Quene
1444 Misc. Spald. C. IV. 179.
Myn alleigance til our soueraine lord the kyng alanerly outtaine
1474 Treas. Acc. I. 4.
A remissione … for the slachter of Robert Snawystone alanerly
1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 265/2.
Payand … thairfor ȝerely … ten merkis … of male alanerly
1530 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 130.
That ther be alanerlie thre portis kepit opyn
1562 Misc. Spald. C. IV. 25.
Swa that the day of the pament and the last day of warnyng be … alanerly a moneth
1574 Conv. Burghs. I. 31.
Of the said thrie thousand merkis thar salbe onlie vpliftit … twa thowsand merkis alanerly
1639 Kirkcaldy Presb. 147.
Reserving Mr. Alexander Scrimgeours life rent alanarlie
(c) 1518 Edinb. B. Rec. 181.
Samekle [fish] as is necessar to the Kingis vse and my Lord Gouernouris allaneralie
1696 Conv. Burghs IV. 215.
The … monie … bearing annualrent allanerallie
Ib. 217.
Payeing the conservators dewes allanerally
(d) 1604 Liber Dryburgh 318.
Payand … be ewin portiones of maill allainerlie
1622 Misc. Bann. C. II. 247.
The sowme of thrie scoir pundis money of Scotland, allainerlie and na farther
1658 Paisley B. Rec. 102.
Ane scottis pennie yeirlie … in name off blenshe ferme gif it be askit allainerlie
(e) 1636 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 40.
The locall stipend quhairintill the said Doctor … wes in possessioun allanderly

b. Nocht allanerly … bot (als), not only … but (also). c1450 Cr. Deyng 188.
He … makis satisfaccioune, nocht alanerly of the vaneall synys, bot als … for mony dedly synis
a1500 Bk. Chess 181.
He gois nocht allanerly to go, Bot for sum proffet for to wyn also
1533 Bell. Livy I. 18/12.
Fastulus fand hir nocht alanerly gevand … thame souke … bot als likkand thame with hir toung
1562-3 Winȝet I. 86/13.
All the aunciant Fatheris and counselis, nocht allanerlie that hes bein laitlie, bot … fra the beginning
1571 Misc. Spald. C. II. 38.
Nocht allanerlly in Paris, bott in the maist notabill townis of France

B. adj. Sole, single, only. c1515 Asl. MS. I. 185/15.
The king of Egipt gaf his allanerly dochtere ... in mariage to ... Gathelos
1533 Bell. Livy I. 106/24.
Vnder the gouernance of ane allanerly persoun
Ib. II. 196/37.
Eftir that he had loist his alanerly son in batell
1540 Acts II. 379/2.
Ane alanerly sesing to be takin at the said principale chymmes
1571–2 Wemyss Chart. 202.
He nominatt … Dauid Wemis, … and Alexandir Balfour … , his allanerlie executouris

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