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Terc(e)ar, Tercer, Tiercear, Tiercer, Tearcer, n. [Terc(e n. 1.] A woman in possession of a terce, chiefly lady tercear, also great tercer, see Terc(e n. 1, 1 d and 1 b.(1) 15… Crawford Mun. Invent. I 58.
Janet Gordoune Lady Lindesay allegit tercar of the saidis landis
1574–5 Exch. R. XX 467.
Dame Katherine Campble, Countes of Craufurd, tercer of annuellrent underwrittin
1627 M. P. Brown Suppl. Decis. I 43.
Sustained the action, albeit the tercer had not subscribed the contract
1681 Stair Inst. iv iii § 12.
Divers tercers, who have not been kenned to a particular division
(2) 1568–9 Glasgow Prot. IV 6.
Dame Jonet Steward, lady tercear of the samyn
1569 Canongate Ct. Bk. 90.
The said Elizabeth lady tercer of ane parte of the landis underwrittin
c1575 Balfour Pract. 108.
The schiref … sould divide equallie the tierce of the saidis landis fra the twa part thairof; that is to say, ane rig to the lady tiercer, and twa riggis to the superiour
c1575 Balfour Pract. 110.
The secund lady tiercear may rais breivis of the kingis chapell, to be servit and also kennit be the schiref to ane greit tierce
c1575 Balfour Pract. 114.
Landis falling in non-entres be deceis of the immediat heritabill tenent thairof leivand behind him a relict, or lady tiercear, all the landis pertening to hir be ressoun of tierce is fre from non-entres
1592 Acts III 611/2.
Coniunct fearis, and lady tercearis
a1633 Hope Major Pract. I 179.
The lyfrent of a lady tearcer perteines to the superior be her rebellion
(3) a1633 Hope Major Pract. I 203.
The sone dyeing, his wyfe falls a terce of the twa part dureing the great tercer's lyfetyme

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