Glossary

This glossary defines archaic words and phrases, mostly Scots law terminology, commonly found in our documents and records. For a larger resource go to the online Dictionary of the Scots Language, which contains Scots words and phrases, including legal terms.

It also includes definitions of archival terminology, although not all these terms have been used in this catalogue

With thanks to the Scottish Archive Network

quarter seal
The top half of the Great Seal ( which was used to authenticate royal charters). The quarter seal was used for more routine royal administrative documents.
quh.....
is how Scots represented the sound represented in English by the letter 'w'; for example, quha is "who", and quilk is "which", though it doesn't always work precisely thus - quhill (while) is "until".
 
quondam
former or deceased.


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