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Charter, Chartir, n. Also: chartter, charteir, -yr, chartre, -chartar(e; chairter, -ar; scharter, -ir. [ME. charter, -tir, chartre (13th c.), OF. chartre, L. cartula. See also Chartour.]

1. A charter.Also with defining terms, as charter of alienation, confirmation, few, fewferme: see these words.(a) a 1350 Facs. Nat. MSS. ii. 14.
Scripti in modum cyrographi [glossed hand chartir] facti
c 1380 MS. Charter (Reg. H.).
Qvat tyme at he will aske me … I sall gif hym my chartyr vndir my sevll
1385 3rd Rep. Hist. MSS. 410/1.
To schaw … throw qwat chartir or ewydens thai halde or clemys to hald the landys
1402 Reg. Panmure II. 184.
The said Alexander … sale … deliver … the chartir and the confirmacion of Grenefurde
c1420 Wynt. iii. 1064.
In it syne that stane gert he Be set, and haldyn for jowale And chartyr off that kynryke hale
Ib. iv. 6.
That in to Grece than was thar date In all the chartrys that thai wrate
1456 Hay I. 21/25.
Thai said that sanct Petir maid his sege thare and his charter
1474 Acta Aud. 33/1.
The distruction & away puttin of certane charteris, lettres, & evidentis … of the landis
1489 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 546.
To resigne … al and syndry forsaidis landis … with charteir, sesyng, and euidencis maid to me
1502 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 659.
Land … liand in the toun and sulȝe of the Turnhouth … lik as at maire lenth is contenit in his chartir
1530 Rec. Earld. Orkney 210.
The sceil … to be hungin to this present charter
1541 Reg. Privy S. II. 636/2.
Eftir the forme of the tua charteris of tallie maid be … oure maist noble foirgrandschir
1554 Prot. Bk. J. Harlaw 43 b.
Ane charter … quhilk the said Iames promittit that he suld cancellat and distroy
1584 Acts III. 357/1.
The … first chairter and infeftment of fewferme
1587 Ib. 500/1.
The charter … off all and sindrie … canis, seruices, almesis, dailsiluer, obitis [etc.]
1654 Mun. Univ. Glasg. I. 317.
Wee … denuid ourselffes of the said richt … be chairteris of confirmatione
(b) 1432 Highland P. II. 178.
Gif ony of thir partyis hafe ony clause in thair chartar unclere or questionabill
1593 Grant Chart. 294.
The said Iohn Grant is bound … to infeft hearetabllie be his plane chartare of alienatione
1629 Black Bk. Taymouth 69.
Be virtew of ane auld chartar
1641 Mun. Univ. Glasg. I. 288.
The chartar and infeftment grantit to them … confirmeing diverse and sindrie chartaris … generallie exprest in the foirsaid chairtar
(c) 1509 Douglas Chart. 193.
All schartiris and ewidentis that I haff off the said landis
I grant that my scharteris and euidens be off na fors nor effek

b. Coupled with possessioun or sesing. 1397 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 166.
With all hast he sall giff chartyr and possessyovn erytabill to the sayd Gorge
1415 Reg. Great S. 39/2.
Villiam sal gif chartyr and possessioun to the forsayd Huchon and Jonet
1444 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 194.
The forsaid Robert … sale … gyff hyme charter and possession als son as it likes the saide schir Alexander
1481 Instr. H. Scheves (MS.).
Quhilkes landes the said Iames Barcla … analiit to the said Ihone of Lumisden be charter and sesing
1501 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 638.
Iohnn Menȝeis … to me has sauld … be charteir and sesing … five markis worth of his landis
1506 Lennox Mun. 179.
The sade Erll of Muntrois sall infeft the sade Erll of Levenax in certane landis be chartyr and sesyng
1509 Douglas Chart. 192.
Be heritabill schartir and sesinge

2. Attrib. with buik, land, tailȝe. 1599 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 246.
[The council] ordanis the new gift of the impost and schoir sylver … to be insert in the charter buik
1531 Reg. Privy S. II. 111/2.
Super totis … terris de le West End de Forgovne nuncupatis Charterlandis
1553 Treas. Acc. X. 161.
The laird of Ardros, … haifand ane chartar tailȝe of the landes of Ardros

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