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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Entra, Entray, n. Also: enttra, entera(y. [Variant of Entré, with -a, -ay, as in allya(y, assigna(y, etc.]

1. The act of entering; entrance to a place; an onset. c1475 Wall. viii. 359.
At this entray the Scottis so weill thaim bar, Feill off thair fais to dede was bertnyt thar
Ib. xi. 409.
At that entra xv thai brocht to ded
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 157.
Ȝour counterpart in court has sic entray
a1540 Freiris Berw. 79 (M).
Thai wist the ȝettis war lokkit fast, That thai micht nocht fra thyn get entray

b. Right or opportunity of entry. 1457 Stirlings of Keir 231.
Wyth fre entray and passage to the saide landis
1511 Dunferm. B. Rec. 297.
Wyth fre isch and entra at forsid and baksid
1534 Liber Melros 628.
To be haldin … in houssis, … pastouris, lesouris, fre vsche and entray
1548 Red Bk. Menteith II. 334.
Yardis, toftis, … infeildis, outfeildis, … fre ische and entray

c. A place of entrance. Also fig. 1490 Irland Mir. 79/20.
Thus the entra and passage to Paradice is precludit to us
Ib. fol. 237.
This sacrament is port and entra of all the laif of the sacramentis
1493 Liber Aberbr. 279.
Fra thyne descendand lynaly to the entray of the Mekyl Burne
1513 Doug. viii. iv. 20.
Ȝon was a cavern … With gousty entray far furth of all ways

2. Entry into possession or occupation (of land). 1444 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 194.
It sale be lefule to the said Schir Alexander … to have regres and free entra to his landis
1446 Reg. Cupar A. I. 126.
The enteray of the said Johne to our forsaid landis [to be] at Wytsunday
1460 Stewart Mem. 64.
The said Schire Androw … has set … to the said Johne Stewart his chemys of Strathardill [for] nyne yher next folowand his entra
1491 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 326.
Nochwithstanding the entray of the sade lorde Forbes as blanchferme be ane infeftment tharoff
1523 Carnwath Barony Ct. 10 b.
Vil Vatson to pay … iij s. for the skath the hous vas vorth at his esche mare nor the entra

3. Entrance into office or employment. 1497 Treas. Acc. I. 269.
Balfour, for the schering of the Kingis claithis sen the entra of him in his office
1506 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. 205.
The entray of the said curat … salbe … at the fest of Sanct Martyn
1507 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 77.
Thai sall … pay to him xl s. at his enteray to the said wark
1511 Reg. Privy S. I. 337/2.
His entra … to endure als lang as he haldis the comptrollary in his hand
attrib. 1511–12 Treas. Acc. IV. 182.
To ane wyff for nurising of ane fund barne, in entray silvir

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