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Auchtand, Auchtane, num. a. Also: achtand, achtend; auchtande, (auchand,) -ant, awchtand; auchtan, auchttane, awchtane, auchten, aughten, -ein; auchen, achen, awchane, authane. [Northern ME. aghten, aughtene (also eyhtand; early ME. eȝtenede, ehtende), ON. *ahtande, later áttande, -i.]

Eighth. Frequent with day and part.(1) 1400 Fam. Rose 135.
The achtend day of Februar
c1420 Wynt. v. 2910.
Efftyre than the auchtand day Till Saynct Petrys kyrk … he come
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 2229.
The auchtane day … He provit sa
1485 Breadalbane Doc. (Reg. H.) No. 22.
The auchtane day of the moneth of December
a1500 Seven S. 174.
The auchtand day than speke suld he
c1520-c1535 Nisbet Luke i. 59.
It was done in the auchtand day
1560 Rolland Seven S. 26/30.
On the auchtand day
1562-3 Winȝet I. 82/5.
The maill bairne nocht circumcidit the auchtin [MS. auchten] day
(2) c1420 Wynt. vi. 1099.
The awchtand Benet tuk the se
Id. viii. Rubric.
The Proloug of the Auchtande Buk
c1475 Wall. xi. 989.
The auchtand nycht
Ib. xi. 1081.
That auchtand ȝer befor
c1520-c1535 Nisbet 2 Peter ii. 5.
Noe, the auchtand man
1513 Doug. I. 21/15.
The auchten buke
1535 Stewart 30134.
Eugenius … the auchtane king wes of that name
(3) 1473 Stirlings of Keir 241.
Thre awchtane partis of the landis of Kennoquhy
Quhilkis thre awchane partis [etc.]
1492 Acta Conc. 275/1.
The said auchtane parte of a hale rais in Zeland … and als of half a Danskin viage of the said auchtane parte
1511 Reg. Privy S. I. 338/2.
Ane auchtan part of the landis of Kennochy, ane auchtane part of Drumard
1540 Elgin Rec. I. 47.
The quarter of auchtanpart quhilk the said William Douglas had attour his awin twa
Ib. 54.
Quhen he enterit with hyr achenpart
1541 Ib. 61.
Ane auchenpart of land
1542 Reg. Cupar A. II. 182.
For ane auchand part
Ib. 202.
For the auchtand part of our town
1567 Reg. Privy C. I. 577.
Fewar of ane auchtane part of the landis
1568 Beauly Chart. 254.
The auchtant pairt of owr toune
1585 Reg. Great S. 415/1.
Necnon octavam partem, lie auchtane part, terrarum de Hilheid
1692 Conv. Burghs IV. 634.
There being three score aughten pairts and each aughtein part paying yearly … 14s. 2d

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