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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Committar(e, Committer, n. [e.m.E. committer (1545).] One who commits (slaughter, etc.).(a) 1509 Reg. Privy S. I. 275/1.
The personis committaris of the slauchter of umquhile William Jardin
1535 Stewart 28378.
Syne tha that wes committaris of the cryme … In Loutheane tha fled
1537 Reg. Privy S. II. 346/2.
For art and part of the slauchter … in passing away with the committaris tharof with the bludy hand
1549 Compl. 130/17.
Quhen the committaris of trason ar tryit furtht
1557 Reg. Cupar A. II. 142.
It salbe tynsall off thair takkis to the committare of the cryme
1579 Acts III. 145/2.
In cais the committar of the wrang be vnresponsall he sall for the first falt be put in the stokkis
1604 Urie Baron Ct. 5.
The committaris of the onlauchfull delyng saill be punddit his radiest guidis and geyr
1622-6 Bisset I. 43/30.
He salbe buryed, and the committare left but sepultour
1618 Chron. Perth 19.
This [murder] done … all the committaris therof eschewit out of the toun
(b) 1571 Montgomery Mem. 207.
To … assist my Lord of Glencarne … in the persut of the committeris of the foirsaid cryme
1583 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 104.
The saidis persounes, committeris of the said attemptat

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