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Bute, Buit, n.2 Also: bote, bout, boot; buitt, bwit(t, buytt, boitt; but(t, butte. [Northern ME. bute, buyt, ME. boote, bote, OF. bote (F. botte).]

1. A boot.(a) 1378 Rotuli Sc. II. 7/2.
Diversa vasa de peweter, worstedes, sellas, cagettes, stopes, et botes de corio [to be bought in London]
c1420 Wynt. iv. 1530.
Off gentyll knychtis than off fute, That owsyd nothyr spure na bute
Ib. v. .
Be the but a wiff hym gat
14.. Acts I. 336/2.
That thai mak schone, butis, and vther graitht of the lethir or it be barkit
1474 Treas. Acc. I. 63.
For schone to Jok Stewart and butis fra Michelmes
1494 Ib. 223.
To Jame Lyntoune for schvne, brodikynnis and butis tane fra him be James Dog
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyting 230.
For rerd of thé, and rattling of thy butis
Ib. xxxiv. 33.
Gife bettir butis of ledder ma be
1509 Acts II. 146.
Anentis cordynaris geif thai sellis shone & butis [derrar] than is contenit in the actis of parliament
1533 Bell. Livy I. 94/17.
Wapynnys and armoure, sic as hewmontis, targis, butis [L. ocreæ] and habirieonis
c1550 Rolland C. Venus iii. 603.
With bute and spur, sword, buklar, as bachleir
1561 Reg. Privy C. I. 191.
The butis, schone, and uther apparalingis ar sauld sa deir
1567 Dundee B. Laws 368.
In working and lauboring sufficientlie barkit lether in making of bwteis [and] schone
1603 Montgomery Mem. 247.
Ane par of boutis to my page
(b) 1530 Lindores Chart. 32.
Thre pair of bwits with twa pair of spwris
1540 Maxwell Mem. 408.
My lordis new bwittis
1541 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 176.
A wanpe for a buytt
1563–4 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 473.
For ane pair of buitts gevin to Thomas Cok that … gaid in the walter with the werkmen
1574 Buccleuch Mun. II. 458.
To Hobbe Diksoun, cordiner, for buittis and schone
1580 Treas. Acc. MS. 38 b.
Tua pair of weitlether buittis … belting silk to be taggis to the saidis buittis
1587 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 483.
That na vnfriemen bring any bwits or schone … to sell … bot on the Monondayes
1600 Acts IV. 207/1.
Quhair haue ȝe bene with ȝour boittis on?
16.. Hist. Kennedy 34.
My Lord drew on his bwittis, and raid … to Arstensar
1639 Lanark B. Rec. 132.
That nae unfriemen sell any buittes, schoone, or pantones within the said burght
1650 Ann. Banff I. 64.
Ilk barkit hyid 8 d. … ilk pair buitis 8 d.
(c) 1516–7 Treas. Acc. V. 112.
To Iohne Davidson for … schoyne, brodekinnis, and buttis
1558-66 Knox II. 134.
His awin buttis putt on … , immediatlie thairafter to have departed
c 1578 Maxwell Mem. 312.
Ane pair of buttis, sokis, spurris
1591 Thanes of Cawdor 204.
To the cordiner for dressing and treing your buttis
1600 Acts IV. 205/2.
The deponar … tuk aff his buttis and returnit
1653 Lamont Diary 75.
Some apparrel of his, viz. cloaks and butts
A paire of buttes
1692 Foulis Acc. Bk. 150.
To the boy caried clog bag, buts and cloak … to Kinghorne

b. Attrib. with tag. (See also Bute-hose.) 1647 Edinb. Test. LXIII. 50.
Twa bolt of buit tages estimat all to j lib. iiij s.

2. The instrument of torture used to extort confessions. Usu. in pl. 1565–6 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 505.
To ane man thatt bure the buitis to the Castell, to putt on Couttis that caist the quhinger at the minister
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 262.
Thair wes ane minister … justifeit, … quha wes extremelie pynnit in the buttis lang of befoir
a1578 Pitsc. II. 242/24.
It was alledgit that he sould have slaine the regent, thairfoir thay pat him in the buittis quhilk was verie painfull, bot he wald nocht grant
1592 Edin. B. Rec. V. 65.
To gif to James Nesbitt, javellour, the sowme of threttie four schillings deburset be him for careing the buitts to the abbay, castell and Dalyell at sindry tymes
1615 Highland P. III. 272.
If he shall persiste in his dissimulation, the nixte wilbe a warrant to putte him in the boote
c1650 Spalding I. 8.
She … denys all; she is therefore putt into the boots, and cruellie tortured, yet confesses nothing
1680-6 Lauder Observes 136.
Mr. Spence is … tortured both with the boots and the thummikins

3. The boot of a coach. 1657 Balfour Ann. II. 170.
The Ducke in a rage stepes ouer the coatch, befor the lackey could lett doune the butte therof
1661 Nicoll Diary 332.
None being in the koatche but himself … and Lord Ramsay sitting in the bute

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