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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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NOTAR, n. Also nottar, noter. Sc. forms of Eng. notary (Sc. 1787 J. Beattie Scoticisms 60). Freq. in comb. notar publick. Adj. notarial in notarial instrument, a formal document made out by a notary declaring that certain things have been done, esp. in connection with the conveyance of land (Sc. 1754 Erskine Principles ii. iii. § 16, iv. ii. § 2, 1896 W. K. Morton Manual 99). See Instrument.Sc. 1702 Trans. Bch. Field Club X. 169:
A nottar publick and 2 subscribing witnesses.
Sc. 1713 R. Wodrow Corresp. (1842) I. 458:
He protested and gave in a paper, and called it reasons, and gave another, with instruments, to the hand of a public notar, by him.
Sc. 1733 T. Gifford Hist. Descr. (1879) 49:
Conveyances, filled with all the clauses and quirks that the lawyer and noter could invent.
Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 128:
Now gin a Notar shou'd be wanted, You'll find the pillars gayly planted.

[O.Sc. notare, 1439.]

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