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Inner, adj. Also: innar, innere, ynner, innir, enner; inver; hinner. [ME. inner, earlier inre, OE. innera, in(n)ra, adj. (compar. of inne, in(n), In adv.).]

1. Inner, interior, more inward.(1) a1400 Leg. S. vi. 195.
The apostil & Abnes alsone Of Innere Inde com to the Kynge
1494 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 68.
Within this inner chawmer
1513 Doug. v. iv. 20.
Rycht betwix the rolk and Gyas schyp, On bawbord fast the innar way he leyt slyp
1562 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 648/1.
In my lordis enner chalmer
1567 Acts III. 29/2.
Within thair inner clois and ȝaird adiacent thairto
1573 Reg. Privy C. II. 242.
The thevis … inhabiting the Bordouris, taking advantage of the lait troubles in the inner part of the realme
1574 Acts III. 85/2.
Within thair inver clois
1593 Bisset I. 120/18, 21.
Within the kingis inner chalmer ... or within the inner tolbuith the tyme that the lordis of sessioun sittis
1609 Crim. Trials III. 42.
Sittand in the inner porter hous of the Castell of Edinburgh, and haveing the keyis of the inner ȝett hyngand vpoun his arme
1615 Bk. Islay 263.
The inverbahan of the castell
1622-6 Bisset I. 154/27.
The maisseris sall suffer na erlis ... to have ony accese within the inner bar of the utterhouse
1655 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 315.
That twa or thrie of the foirmest furmes … , in the westmest end of the innerwork, be maid readie
16.. Admir. Ct. Form (in Tract. Leg. Naval.) 62.
A defender or witnes within the court or pannell or utter or inner bar thairof
 (2) 1506-7 Treas. Acc. III. 363.
For ... tua pair of tournay gluffis and ane pair inner gluffis
1583 Edinb. Test. XII. 108.
Sex rufis & sex inner collaris
1591 Ib. XXIII. 339.
Fyve quheillis of start and aw … , aucht inner quheillis of start & aw

2. Inner land (in Cupar, Fife): cf. Inland n. 3. 1510 Laing Chart. 70.
The haile foirland of the said tenement … , and the haile inner land … with the ȝhard alyn nixt the samyn

3. Inner hous, the, or an, inner apartment of a building. 1482 Acta Aud. 107/1.
Diuers housis, that is to say, a hal, … twa loftis, twa sellaris and ane inner hous
1554–5 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 298.
For ane pair of bands with ane loke and ane key to the innerhous of the laich tolbuith
1558 Crail B. Ct. MS. 13 June.
In the hall & hinner hows
1650 Brechin Presb. 22.
Shee ... went ben to the innerhous

b. The Inner House of the Court of Session. 1591 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 41.
To furneis sex cuscheons to the lords of Counsall in the inner hous and mak ane grene clayth to the littill buird in the utter hous
c 1604-5 Sc. Hist. Rev. XIX. 267.
If the judge in the utter howse in anye matter ... finde anye difficultie, he will take the same to be advised of with the whole number in the inner howse
1606 Acts Sederunt 11 Jan.
Thair sal be fyftein advocates nominat, quha sall be appointit for the inner-hous
1622-6 Bisset I. 132/10, 141/13, etc.1629 Lowther's Jrnl. 26 f. a1633 Hope Major Pract. II. 246.
The lords … will allow of nae advocatts heirefter bot onlie 50, wherof 20 for the inner house, and 30 for the utter house
1622-6 Bisset I. 154/23.]
[The maisseris suld keip the inner bar
1672 Acts VIII. 81/2. (See also Outer adj. and Utter hous(e.)

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