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Pastur-, Pasto(u)rage, n. Also: -ag, -aige, -adg(e, pastorache, pasteraig. [e.m.E. (a 1533) and OF. pasturage (F. pâturage), med. L. pasturagium (right of) pasture.]

1. The art or occupation of pasturing herbivorous animals. 1513 Doug. xi. xi. 81.
In maner of hyrdis in pasturage On wild montanys he wonnyt all his age
Id. (S.T.S.) IV. 195/5.
Of pasturage and eik of husbandry
1600-1610 Melvill 281.
Be the exemples … of artes of warfear and pastorage
1663 Acts VII. 476/2.
For improvement of the pasturage of this kingdome and for encouragement of the breeders of the bestiall thairof

2. a. Grazing by animals. b. Grass or herbage, viewed as grazing. c. Pasture-land, or a piece of this. Also plur. (cf. Pastur(e n.1 e).(1) 1517 Buchan Cl. II. 135.
Tuichand the mercheis, divisis, pasturaige, loning [etc.]
1549 Banff Ann. I. 27.
Ilk ny[ch]tbor that hes … skabbit hors … and puts the samyn … in ony pasteraig, the gudis to be eschett
1590–1 Exch. R. XXII. 112.
With the mail of the gers pasturage in the Torwood
1628 Linlithgow B. Rec. 4 Apr.
The pasturage of the commoun mwre and commoun killis to be rowpit
1629 Laing MSS. I. 185.
The common pasturage or tolerance in that part of the lands of Glenalmond
1656 Marischal Coll. Rec. I. 215.
The scheillingis, grassingis and pasturage usit and wount
1684 Strathendrick 135.
As much arable ground … as will make a sufficient gleib and pastoradge conform to law
1688 Gunn Cross Kirk, Peebles 237.
On the common pasturage of Peebles
(2) 1513 Doug. xi. x. 20.
Quhar merys rakis in thar pasturage
Ib. xiii. Prol. 174.
Do dryve the catall to thar pasturage
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 1501.
All the beistis … Past furth to seik thare pastorages
1604 Urie Baron Ct. 6.
Nawayis to … truble thair nychtbouris in thair pasturag
1657 Conv. Burghs III. 453.
The … burgh … stryves … to mak … his pasturage … vnvsefull by selling … comon land nixt adjacent to him
1672 Inverness Presb. 24.(3) 1537 Liber Dryburgh 283.
In … pastures, pasturages, halkingis, huntinges, fischinges [etc.]
1669 Burnett Fam. P. MS. (see Lesour n. (d)). 1699 Disposition in Jam. s.v. Lesuris (see Lesour n. (e)).(4) c1554 Makeson Genesis 3.
That thair hirddis na pastorache culd haif
1586 Bk. Univ. Kirk II. 659.
Such as hes … manses or gleibs sall have thair necessars therto such as fewell and pastourage
1599 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 200.
Preuilege of pasturage, fewall, faill and dovett … within the said Auldtowne
?1549 Monro W. Isles 44.
Ane ile callit Wattersay … with guide pastorage for sheepe
1614 Burnett Fam. P.
Libertie of pasturage of ane naig quhair the rest of the hors of the said toun happinis to be pastured
1627 Rep. Parishes 48.
The eist wardis quhilk now lyis lie for pasturage
Ib. 74.
Ane hie land mor given to pasturag nor tillage
1632 Lithgow Trav. (1906) 43. 1630-1651 Gordon Geneal. Hist. .
Strathnaver is a cuntrey full of bestiall and cattle, fitter for pastorage and store than for cornes
1669 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I. 256.
Sowmes pasturage off his sowmes
1669 Melrose Reg. Rec. II. 247.
Meidowes mosse moore and pasturadg
1676 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 218.
Small corne … destroyed by daily pasturage of her goods
1683 Logie Par. Hist. I. 126.
The minister is interrogate if the place be sufficiently provided in stipend and pasturage

3. In Scots Law: A servitude right to pasture livestock on another's ground. c1575 Balfour Pract. 364.
Gif ony man alledgis him to have ane heritabill pasturage of gudis or cattel on ane uther man's ground, he may not preive the samin be witnessis bot be writ and speciallie be infeftment
1681 Stair Inst. ii. vii. 14.
Pasturage is a servitude whereby the grass of the ground servient is applied to the use of the ground dominant … But most ordinarily pasturage is in common, either to the proprietor and him that hath the servitude or to many [etc.]

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