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Respondé, -ie, n. Also: ri- and -spondee. [L. responde, 2nd sing. imper. of respondēre, see Respond v.]

1. Buke of responde, ‘a book kept by the Directors of Chancery, in which are entered all non-entry and relief duties payable by heirs who take precepts from Chancery’ (Bell Dict. Law Scotl.).For a transcript of Libri Responsum 1529–36, see Exch. R. XVI, Appendix 513–619. 1540–1 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 498.
And als the buk of risponde and the rollis corispondis to the samin [retour] in all punctis
1545–6 Reg. Privy S. III 237/2.
And sesing gevin to him of the samyn [lands] like as the buke of responde thairupoun proportis
1552–3 Treas. Acc. X 153.
Letteris to charge the shereffis of Kynros [etc.] … to mak compte of the soumes contenit in the bukes of responde of this last ȝeir … under the pane of rebellioun
a1560 Fam. Rose 234.
Ye sall ressaue this copie of the buyk of responde for the shireff comptis
1563–4 Edinb. Old Acc. I 438.
Certane restis conteinit in the buke of responde
1599 Bk. Rates 17b.
The blanchis deuties to be eikit to the schirref comptis of Foirfar. Conforme to the buikis of responde
1612 Acts IV 517/2.
The clerkis prothogoll tobe ane buik of responde to his lordschip to that effect
1681 Stair Inst. ii iv § 28.
[The Book of Responde] is a book of record in the chancellary, drawn off the precepts of seasin to all heirs [etc.]
(b) 1582–3 Exch. R. XXI 560.
For the quhilk he become actit in the buikis of respondie as cautionar and sovertie

2. a. The book of responde. = 1 above. b. A single entry in this book. c. The amount of the duties specified in any entry.a. 1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Responde.
Responde or the buike of responde … is maid … be the directour of the chancellarie. For quhen hee directis preceptes … to giue saising of ony landes retoured before him … he makis ane memoriall of the dait of ilk precept and dewtie of the lands [etc.] … and … judges, givers of saisinges vpon preceptes … are … compelled to make aunswere thereto … for the quhilke cause it is called responde, quhilke is the first worde of ilke artickle of the said buik
1622-6 Bisset I 278/1.
Conforme to the buik callit responde presentit ȝeirlie be ilk shireff to the chekker in his comptis
b., c. c1575 Balfour Pract. 646.
Quhairupon thair is a memoire, or a note, commounlie callit a responde, in a buke beiring the dait of ilk precept
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Responde.
He sulde come againe to the Chancellarie, and raise ane new precept, … and ane newe memorial or responde is maide thereof
1622-6 Bisset I 278/14.
Ane … precept for geving of him seasing quhairin suld be agmentit the byrun malles … of these landis … and ane new memoriall of agmentatioun of responde maid thairof
1676 M. P. Brown Suppl. Decis. III 109.
The sheriff must be answerable for the respond[e] contained in these precepts
1686 Mackenzie Observ. 248.
When a party gets a precept, the servants of the chancery write down respondebit vicecomes de, etc. … and that is call'd the responde here mention'd
1687 Acts Sederunt ii 179.
The clerks of session … to collect the dues payable to the macers … for decreets extracted in their chambers, according to the responde
(b) c1630 Hope Minor Practicks (1726) 91.
The sheriff must be answerable to the king for the respondee contained in the retours

3. attrib. or comb. in responde book. a1670 Scot Staggering State xvii.
The director of chancery also adjusts the responde-book, by which the sheriffs account … for the non-entry and other duties exigible … from the heirs of vassals
1686 Mackenzie Observ. 140.
At the delivery of the precept, there is a note made by the director of the chancellary in the responde book, bearing the sums for which the sheriff is to take surety
1690 Acts Sederunt ii 190.
That the clerks make their responde books patent to the macers

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