Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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1. The action of apprehending a person by legal authority. Sc. 1883 Blackwood Mag. CXXXIII. 800:
Rothesay's arrestment and custody.
Sc. 1932 A.C.M.:
Not nearly so common as the abbreviated form arrest.

2. The attachment of a debt in the hands of a third party. Sc. law. Sc. 1824 Scott Redgauntlet Letter xiii.:
Ye have omitted to speak a word of the arrestments.
Sc. 1825 J. Mitchell Scotsman's Library 530:
An Arrestment; a writ (generally contained in a horning) to attach the personal property of a debtor in the hands of a third person.
Sc. 1931 Abd. Press and Jnl. (14 Dec.):
When the Academicals were due to hand over to Morton their share of the “gate,” a sheriff's officer, on behalf of Mr Charles Urquhart, the former chairman of the Cappielow club, presented an arrestment of the cheque. [In legal phr. executed an arrestment in their hands (A.C.M.).]
Hdg. 1703 Records of a Sc. Cloth Manuf. (S.H.S. 1905) 337:
To take his recept for the profeits upone payment of the samyne, all arreistments either againest the said Thomas Deans or the above named persones from whom he had rycht being always first purged.

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