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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).
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Test, v. [e.m.E. test (1582), OF tester to bequeath, L. testārī to bear witness.] intr. a. To include in a will. Const. (up)on the possessions bequeathed. b. To swear the oath required by the Test (Test n.1 2). —a. 1672 Rothesay B. Rec. 311.
My full richt … of all debts or sowmes of money quhatsumeuir awand and tested be my deceist father to himselff and now to me as his air and executour confirmed testamentar quhilk sowmis of money as the testament itselff sall mak manifest [etc.]
1680 M. P. Brown Suppl. Decis. II 262.
This bond was … found in the custody of Sir Thomas Nicolson, advocate, who tested upon all other sums, without mention of this
1681 Stair Inst. iii viii § 29.
The whole moveable rights of defuncts, whether tested on or from the intested are comprehended in executry
b. 1683 Cloud of Witnesses (1714) 196.
As for you that have tested
1684 Dumfr. & Galloway Soc. 3 Ser. XXXVI 159.
John Struthers ther reported to have tested but not before the justices
1685 J. H. Thomson The Martyr Graves of Scotland (?1903) 407.
John Stewart in Largs will test

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