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Pasch(e)-finis, -fynis, n. pl. Also: paische- and -fines, -fynes; paysche-fynnis. [Pas(c)h(e n. 1 b; Fine n. 5, and also in late ME. (1422–), applied to money settlements of various kinds: cf. also Pais-fynnance, Pace n.2 1 b (3).] ‘Easter-fines’: a collective term for a certain payment made at Easter in local churches.Appar. providing part of the emoluments of the vicar or actual incumbent of the church, and perh. = Pasch offrandis, rekning(is, Pas(c)h(e n. 1 b (6): see also quot. 1538, Pas(c)h(e n. 1 b (2).(a) 1531–2 Reg. Soltre 195.
The Pasche fynis this last yhere gawe towart xiij li.
1540–1 Ayr B. Acc. 85.
[Dean of Guild: Receipts] The Pasche fines £4
1549 Lanark Sheriff Ct. MS. 26.
The said Schir William … hes all & hall the vicaragis of Blantyr in tak … that is to say the corspresentis vmest clathes … Pasche finis oblationes … & all vther thingis pertenyng to the said vicaragis
c 1550 Black Bk. Taymouth 166.
His [sc. the vicar's] thocht is mair vpone the Pasche fynis Nor the saullis in purgatorie that pynis
c 1564 Hamilton & Campsie Test. I. 10 b.
Tua merkis for the Pasche fynis of the ȝeiris lxiij lxiiij
? 1569 Rentale Dunkeld. 351.
[Rental of £116.12.0 paid] Pasche fynes corspresentis and umaist claithis and small offerandis beand deducit
1568–9 Reg. Privy S. VI. 113/2.
1570 Bk. Univ. Kirk I. 194.
Mr Robert Lumsden … craved a defalcation of the thrids of the vicarages of Logie-Buchan and Cushny in respect of inlaiking of corpus presents … and Pasch fynes
1570 Reg. Episc. Morav. 419. 1586 Bk. Univ. Kirk II. 660.
Thair benefices being lang syne decayit throw the want of corps presents, vpmost claithes, Pasch fynes, offerands, and such lyke things
(b) c 1564 Alyth Par. Ch. 45.
[The vicarage of Alyth] now be ressone of the excepting of the umais claithis, paischefynis, corspresentis and offerandis extendis to xxx merks allanerlie
1580 Reg. Privy S. VII. 390/2.
The teind schaivis beir and aittis and uthiris teindis sik as lamb woll stirk staig cheis Payschefynnis and of the vicarage teinds [of lands in the sheriffdom of Drumfreis]

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