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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).

EXCAMBION, n. Sc. law: an exchange of land (Sc. 1890 Bell Dict. Law Scot. 422). Also ¶excambio. [ɛks′kɑmbiɔn]Sc. 1706 in Earls of Crm. (ed. Fraser 1876) II. 10:
The bargan therin by excambion or other wayes to be left to herr Majesty and such as shee will appoint.
Sc. 1750–51 W. MacFarlane Geneal. Coll. (S.H.S.) II. 99:
An Excambion of Lands made betwixt Pat. Earl of Dumbar and Sir Dav. Graham of the Lands of Dundaff.
Sc. 1821 Session Cases 116:
The excambion was made in the usual mode, under the sanction of the Sheriff of the county.
Ayr. 1823 Galt Entail xii.:
I would na doubt of making an excambio o' the Plealands for the Divethill and Kittleston.
Sc. 1935 St Andrews Cit. (13 July) 4/2:
The proposed excambion at Priestden Road, of ground to be given off by the University Court to the Town Council in exchange for the Town Council's triangular piece of ground behind Priestden Road.

[O.Sc. has excambion, exchange of lands or property, from 1461, variant of excambium (Med.Lat.), from 1456.]

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