The Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) Glossary defines archaic words and phrases, mostly Scots law terminology, commonly found in documents and records in Scotland's archives. If you think a word or phrase should be added to the glossary, or an existing entry could be defined better, please contact us. Since the SCAN project ended, the Dictionary of the Scots Language has gone online at http://www.dsl.ac.uk/, and this should be consulted for Scots words and phrases (including legal terms).
a person to whom land is conveyed to be held
by him from the landowner (the superior) for
the payment of a yearly rent or feu-duty or
the performance of some regular service to the
"succeeding in the vice" takes place
when someone arranges with a tenant who is to
remove from the property he holds by lease,
to take over his holding from him when he goes
without the consent of the landowner
any sort of grain or corn; "victual rents"
are payments made in grain.
dues payable by anyone possessing lands illegally;
for example, a tenant who was supposed to leave
his holding at the end of his lease, but didn't,
would be liable to his landlord for the profits
the landlord could have made if he had resumed
control of the lands himself or leased them
to another tenant
not quite forgery but related to it; it means
altering a document without the consent of all
the parties to the document