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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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PARSONAGE, n. Also †per-. Sc. form and usage, freq. attrib. with Teinds: that proportion of the teinds or tithes of a parish formerly due to the parson or titular holder of the benefice. In parishes in the endowment of a monastery or cathedral, the parsonage teinds, formerly of grain only but later in the form of money, went to the endowed body, Vicarage teinds being the perquisite of the vicar or priest-in-charge (Sc. 1946 A.D. Gibb Legal Terms 63). See quots. Now only hist.Sc. 1705 W. Forbes Treatise Ch. Lands 289:
Under Parsonage Tithes, called Decimae Garbales, or Teind Sheaves, or the Great Teind, I comprehend only the Tithe of Corn. Because the true Characteristick of Parsonage is, that it was introduc'd by positive Law, and is the same in all places, liable to no Alteration or Extinction by Prescription or long Custom.
Gsw. 1713 Records Trades Ho. (Lumsden 1934) 5:
Payed to the principall for entres money when taking a Tack of the personage teynds of the lands of Auchengray conform to the Taick . . . £366 13 4.
Sc. 1754 Erskine Principles ii. x. § 5:
Predial teinds are by the usage of Scotland, either parsonage or vicarage. Parsonage teinds are the teinds of corn; and they are so called because they are due to the parson, or other titular of the benefice. Vicarage teinds are the small teinds of calves, lint, hemp, eggs, etc. which were commonly given by the titular to the vicar who served the cure in his place.
Abd. 1774 Abd. Journal (27 June):
The Mansion-house, Offices, Gardens, Pigeon-house, Corn-mill and Wauk-mill, Multures, Tiends, Parsonage and Vicarage.
Sc. 1818 Scott H. Midlothian viii.:
What have I been paying stipend and teind, parsonage and vicarage for, ever sin' the aughty-nine, and I canna get a spell of a prayer for't?
Sc. 1851 G. Outram Legal Lyrics (1874) 55:
He wants the hale o' the teind, Parsonage and Vicarage.
Sc. 1930 A. A. Cormack Teinds 24:
The Abbot or Bishop appointed the vicar, gave him frequently the smaller teinds, which were called the Vicarage Teinds, whilst he retained for the Abbey or Cathedral the larger teinds of the grain crops, which were called the Parsonage Teinds.

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