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

umquhile
late, deceased.
unforisfamiliat, unforisfamiliate, on[e]forisfamiliat
not separated from the father's family, still living at home.
usucapio, or usucaption
the Latin legal terms for long, uninterrupted and unchallenged possession of a thing or a right, which conferred an entitlement to that property or right.
utencilis & domiceillis
household goods.


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