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On(e, num. and a. Also: oon(e, onne, oun. [e.m.E. and ME. on(e (c 1200), oon(e (14th c.), used in place of Ane.] One, in the senses of Ane.See also Everich one, Every one, Ilkone, Mony a. 4, Onone.A. numeral. (1) c1420 Wynt. viii. 4485.
Gud Willame off Dowglas was one [: Jhone]
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 530 (Ch. & M.).
Gif ȝe suld wed one
1550 Knox III. 67.
15.. Clar. iv. 623.
And if that on micht not … then sould two
a1568 Scott xvi. 27.
To se me lost for lufe of one
a1585 Maitl. Q. lxi. 45.
Sen … England monye tratouris bred Quhat fairlie then thocht we haue on
c1590 Fowler I. 113/1.
The one I spyed whose stepps [etc.]
1666-74 Fraser Polichron. 189.
To own ten to on
(2) 16.. Adv. MS. 22. 2. 11, last p.
A receat to caus on sleepe
c 1630 Bk. Carlaverock II. 123.
Send one over with warrand to inqueyer [etc.]
1644 in Law's Memor. (1818) Pref. lx.
About the bridth of one's loofe
1650 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 115.
For mantenance of on for catecheising
(3) 1587-99 Hume 29/111.
The high and haly on
1611-57 Mure Sonnets (1 Ser.) xii. 4.
The gallouse is but arles Quhilk for thé gaips and laiks but ones consent
(4) c1600 Montg. Suppl. i. 43. 1631 Annandale Corr. 284.
And such a on as I hop will gif yow content in all
(5) 1625 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 237.
Affix one copie thairof upoun the said croce, ane other upoun the churche dur and delyver one unto your minister
1631 Innes Sketches 514.
Altho itt should be bott on
c 1670 Douglas Chart. 344.
Wpon the turnpyk … twa windowes … and in the east towre on
(6) a1578 Pitsc. II. 78/9.
On to ane wther
a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 804.
If on wil not ane other will
1632 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 352.
The on being the consequence of the other
(7) 1513 Doug. xiii. Prol. 163.
Furth quynchyng gan the starris on be on
15.. Clar. iv. 2665. Ib. v. 230.(8) 1649 Elgin Rec. II. 434.
They salbe dismissed till one afternoone, at quhich houre [etc.]
1671 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. MS. 20 May.
On efter midnight
(9) a1500 Colk. Sow i. 146.
On of thame
a1500 Quare Jel. 383.
How one of tho His lady sleuth
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 224.
I am nocht one of tho
1570 Leslie 137.
1571 Disc. tviching estait B j.
With the factioun of oun of the wardaris
a1578 Pitsc. I. 186/9.
In the on of the bossis he pat ane roll of wax
1643 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. VIII. 66. 1651 Alyth Par. Ch. 90.
Admitted on of the ordinar poor
1664 Arniston Mem. 33.
On of thes dayes
1676 Lauder Jrnl. 224.
1704 Edinb. Univ. Chart. 154.
(10) a1400 Leg. S. iii. 914.
Cumyne hiddir one allane
(11) 15.. Clar. iii. 488.
My deirest on, scho said, quhat may ȝow pleis?
1597 James VI Dæmonol. 64. 1642 Strathbogie Presb. 31.
A foolish litle on within tuell yeiris of age
1652 Edinb. Test. LXVI. 73.
viij chyres and ane littill on
1662 Soc. Ant. XXII. 220.
Janet Paton … was a great one
plur. 1580-92 James VI Lusus R. 26.
As salmound … spaunis … & young onis laik in graunis
1622 Sc. Ant. XIII. 162.
All 25 poor-ons
1658 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 176.
Ane scooll … for teaching the young ons and children
(12) c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 2456.
Crissypus and one Adastrume
1575 Douglas Corr. 200.
On Nesbett, barrene of Dyell
1622 Crim. Trials III. 596. 1663 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 204. a 1714 Cromarty Corr. II. 508.
On Haco
(13) c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxvi. 14 (M).
On so fair and gude as sche
(14) a1500 Bk. Chess 1945.
A towre he biggit merwalous of one [: stone]
1513 Doug. xi. vi. 100.
The gret Agamenon … cheif ledar of on
1535 Stewart 35799. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 1627.
Nemrod … Quhilk wes the principall man of one [: Babylone]
a1568 Bann. MS. 77 b/76.
Alexander ane nobill clerk of on [: gone]
(15) c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 142.
To-gidder junt in one
Ib. 650 (C).
The Gregeois euerychone To-gydder commanded hem in one
Ib. 933.
All to-gydder in-to one
1570 Sat. P. xix. 27.
Thir realmes twa he knat vp baith in one [: none]
1611-57 Mure Hist. Rowallane 239. c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1721.
And tharwith raynand euir in one
B. adj. (1) 1532 Douglas Corr. 140.
The somme of oone thousand poundis sterling
1535 Stewart 26757.
Cemeda hir one dochter
Ib. 29027.
Thair on sister
1561 Facs. Nat. MSS. III. xlv.
But of on thing I think my self assured
a1568 Bannatyne Bann. MS. 234 a/14.
Ȝe may me saif or spill With ȝour on wird
1597–8 Misc. Spald. C. I. 179.
Tua oxin bund in on seill
a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 822. 1617 Acts IV. 538/1.
Vnder the hand of onie one justice of peace
1645 Rep. Sir R. Menzies MSS. 698.
So ther ar bot on chose
1646 Melville Chart. 174.
In on soume
1654 Lamont Diary 81.
Att on dash
c1705 Nimmo Narr. 6.
On night being in prayer
1670 Soc. Ant. X. 655.
To satisfy in sacco on day
1674 Inverness Rec. II. 257.
On or mor prisoners
1675 Forbes Baron Ct. 300. 1675 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 291.
On or tuo horses and cairts
1682 Cochran-Patrick Coinage II. 183. 1736 Edinb. Archit. Assoc. Trans. IX. 135.
For on day of on man
(2) 1566 4th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 501/2.
The one and twentieth grain
(3) 1549 Compl. 58/5.
Thre sonnis … at one time
c 1580 Q. Mary in 12th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. viii. 9.
The Stuarts nou is all in on rank
1581-1623 James VI Poems I. 257/506.
Uith one accorde
1643 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 64.
All in on voice
1661 Aberd. Council Lett. IV. 161.(4) 1549 Compl. 55/4.
Quhy that the mune schauis lycht one time and is obscure ane vthir time
(5) 1513 Doug. v. vii. 103.
Erix macis to the on sydelay I
a1578 Pitsc. II. 193/5.
[With] ane M. one the on syd and on the vthir syd ane letter callit this J.
1612 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 326. 1627 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 272.

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