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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).

PLAGIUM, n. Sc. Law: the offence of child-stealing or kidnapping, a borrowing from Roman Law where it included the stealing of another's slave(s) (Sc. 1946 A. D. Gibb Legal Terms 65). [′pledʒ(i)ʌm]Sc. 1815 Scott Guy M. lvi.:
It is plagium, and plagium is felony.
Sc. 1855 Justiciary Reports 234:
That species of Theft called Man-stealing or Plagium.
Sc. 1871 Erskine Institute iv. iv. § 61. note e:
Plagium, or the stealing of a human being, is a highly aggravated kind of theft. The object of it must be under puberty; but it may be committed without violence or desire of gain.
Sc. 1964 Sc. Daily Express (28 Aug.):
A 40 Year-old man was flown from London yesterday to appear on petition at Linlithgow Sheriff Court on a charge of plagium (stealing a baby).

[Late Lat. plagium, the stealing of children or slaves, plagiare, to kidnap, abduct. O.Sc. plagium, id., 1664.]

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