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Latter-, Letter-will, n. Also: lattir-, -yr-, lattre-; lettre- and -vill. [Latter a. 1 b.]

A person's intention as to the disposal of his or her property or other matters to be performed after his or her death; also, a document formally setting out such intention, a will.(a) 1533 Boece ii. iv. 89 b.
The king … to thame distribute according to the lattir will of thare fader
1560 Rolland Seven S. 9240.
[You ought] with ȝour father to speik, Be the ressoun he lyis sa wonder seik, And for to ken his perfite latter will, That in all pointis the same ȝe may fulfill
1565 Reg. Privy S. V. i. 633/2.
Ane tikket … fund in his faderis purs as his latter will and legacie
1578 Edinb. Test. VI. 178.
I, Robert Lummisden, … makis this my testament, latterwill, & devis as heir followis
1595 Ib. XXVIII. 233 b.
Ernestlie requeisting thame for Goddis caus to execut & fulfill this hir lattre will
1601 Sc. Ant. IX. .
The testament testamentar lattir will and legacy of me Dame Annabell Murray
1615 Edinb. Test. XLVIII. 222 b.
Baytht with ane consent … to mak thair legacis and lattre willis
1622-6 Bisset II. 82/24.
Wedowes may leif in legacie, or in lattir will, the fermes … of landis … pertening to hir be resson of dowrie … bot ane woman beand cled with ane husband … may … gif na thing in hir lattir will without his consent
1636 Canons and Const. Ecclesiasticall 35.
Such thinges as are offered willinglie, or by latter-will left to ane pious use
1630-1651 Gordon Geneal. Hist. 486.
Buried at Dornogh, as she hath appoynted in her latter-will and testament
a1700 Mare of Colinton 67.
Now haue ye heard … The latter will and legacy Of this meir
(b) a1500 Henr. Fab. 827.
Thy air … Have he thy gude he takis bot small tent To execute … Thy letter will, thy det and legacie
1540 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 670/2.
I … ordinis … Robert Abbot of Kinloss ouersman to my letter will
1571–2 Wemyss Chart. 202.
Johne Wemis … maid and declarit his letter will in maner following
1578 Lochwinnoch Par. 122.
Thair is ane pretendit lettre will and testament allegeit maid be wmquhill Robert lord Sempill
1596 Misc. Bann. C. II. 218.
Quhom scho nominate hir onelie executouris … in hir lettre-will vnderwrittin
1687 S. Ronaldshay 115.
[I] doe therefor make my letter will and testament as follows
1690 Brechin Test. VIII. 27 b.
With full power to them to confirme this my last letterwill and testament

b. transf. a1578 Pitsc. I. 308.
It is … lesum to all men that hes ane saull, to reid … the latter will and Testament of Christ Jessus
1637 Rutherford Lett. (1891) 259.
I told you Christ's testament and latter-will plainly

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