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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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LEGATAR, n. Also -or. A legatory, a legatee, one who receives a legacy (Sc. 1787 J. Elphinston Propriety II. 165). Fem. form legatrix. [′lɛgɑtər]Sc. 1723 W. Fraser Scotts of Buccleuch (1878) II. 325–7:
We nominate and appoint our grandson, Francis Earl of Dalkeith, to be our sole executor, universal legator, and intromitter with our whole moveable and personal estate in Scotland. … We … appoint the said Lady Charlott Scott to be our sole executrix, universal legatrix, and intromissatrix with our said whole moveable or personal estate.
Sc. 1753 Caled. Mercury (15 Jan.):
To constitute his Wife his Executor and universal Legatar.

[O.Sc. legatour, id., from 1568, O.Fr. légataire, ad. Lat. legatarius from legatum, a legacy. For the form cf. Donator, Interlocutor.]

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