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Chartour, Chairtour, n. Also: chartoure, -owr(e, -ure, -(t)ur, -or; chairtoure, -owr, -ur, -or(e. [Late ME. chartour (1468), rare variant of chartre Charter. In Sc. very common after 1500.]

1. A charter.(a) 1451 Cromarty Corr. II. 346.
Seing … the said chartour … becumit almaist vnlegable
1474 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 125.
As in my chartowr be me maid till him … mair fully is contenit
1493 Lennox Mun. 148.
Of the quhilk landis the said Iames … sall be heretably infeft be chartour
1509 Rec. Earld. Orkney 83.
As the said erllis rentell and charttur chawyne befoir ws, beiris
1534 Ib. 215.
Be it kend tyll all men be this present chartur [etc.]
1556 Liber Coll. Glasg. 227.
The saidis tennentis to ansuer … efter the forme and tennour of the said chartoure schawin
1561 Montgomery Mem. 160.
The chartour blanche … of the landis of Langschaw
a1570-86 Maitl. F. xli. 179.
Vnder the grit seill of Ingland, The quhilk ȝe call ȝour goldin chartour
1596 Dalr. I. 120/30.
The law tables, the Kings chartures, … onlie thir lat keip
Ib. II. 121/28.
Sum of the couinsel intendet, that quha landis held of the king … suld schawe thair chartours, for thair rycht
1611 Reg. Panmure I. xcv.
In ane chartowre … thear is ane witnes insert
1633 Peebles Gleanings 138.
Two candill at the seiking out of King James chartour furth of the kist
1649 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 98.
Alexr. declairit that he haid left … the townes great chartour in Edinburgh with his brother
1651 Mun. Univ. Glasg. I. 307.
The foirnamet bands, obligationes, contracts, chartoris, and iinfeftmentis
(b) 1530 Rec. Earld. Orkney 212.
The selis … to be put to this present chairtor
1534 Ib. 216.
Be it maid kend till all men be this present chairtour, that I [etc.]
1570-3 Bann. Trans. 66.
He … come againe … bringand with him the foirsaid chairtore and take [= tack]
a1578 Pitsc. I. 28/17.
Quhatsumevir was contenid into the chairtour maid thairvpone
1584 Acts III. 356/2.
The infeftment and chairtoure of fewferme maid be the priour and convent of Bewlie
Ib. 357/1.
The chairtoure of confirmatioun … gevin vnder his greit seill
1596 Dalr. II. 9/34.
Quhen … King Robert asket his nobles throuch quhat rycht, chairtour, or seising, thay wald hald thair landis
1641 Acts V. 573/1.
Thir presentis to be als waluid … as giwe the foirsaid fewit chairturis … war heirin set dune
1654 Mun. Univ. Glasg. I. 316.
The foirsaid bandis, … chairtowris, infeftments and saseing

2. Attrib. with coffer, hous. 1560–1 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 137.
For mending of the gret lok of the chartur hows
1582 Edinb. Guild. Acc. 126.
Ane ke … to the duiris vpoun the twrnpyk heid at the chartor hous
1621 Edinb. Test. LI. 125 b.
The bandis and obligatiounis maid to me … ar in my chairtour coffer

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