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Scotland - a glossary of archaic terms, as well as a number of Modern Scots words and phrases, useful for genealogical research. Legal terms, words linked to property and possessions, found in wills and testaments.

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WADSET, the deed by which a debtor gives his lands, etc., to his creditor, who is to draw the rents in payment of the debt ; wadsetter, the creditor who holds the wadset.

WAIR AND BESTOW, spend.

WALED MEN, selected, chosen.

WALKARIS CRAFT, fuller's trade or guild. (to full, clean or thicken cloth by treading or beating)

WAND RUSKES. possibly wandrethes, misfortunes ; wantrust, mistrust.  

WARD, (waird), feudal land tenure rights conferred through military service obligations of tenants.  

WARDATER, the person receiving from the original ward superior the enjoyment of lands held in ward.

WARD-HOLDING, (waird), tenure of lands through ward rights. 

WARD LANDS, (waird), lands held in ward.

WARD SUPERIOR, (waird), the person entitled to draw rent from the lands of a deceased vassal while the heir was still not infeft or remained a minor, thus unable to perform military service for the ward superior.

WARD VASSAL, (waird), the person holding the lands held in ward.

WARRANDICE, assurance against any wrong to a right conveyed, arising from defect in the title or otherwise. Warrandice lands, lands conveyed provisionally in case the purchaser should be evicted from the principal lands.  

WAVERAND, having doubtful title to.

WEAPON-SCHAWING, muster for drill in arms.

WECHT, weight.

WENSCHOAT (wainscoat), oak furniture.

WEYING, weighing.

WEYHOUSE, house where the standard weights or measures were kept.

WHOIP, whip.

WILL; see s. Testament.

WINESCOTT, wainscoat.  

WITH, in ownership, possession, of.

WOFFIN, woven ?

WRANGIS, wrongs, injuries.

WRITER, any clerk or scribe, attorney.

WRITER TO THE SIGNET, highest order of writers, having authority to prepare the writs which pass the royal signet.

WUIP, whip.

WYND, a narrow street or passage.

WYSSIE OR WISSIE, to inspect ; Fr., Visť.

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