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).
Simply "acts and decreets", used
in the National Archives of Scotland as specifically
the acts and decreets of the Privy Council
A D C
A piece of National Archives of Scotland
terminology, denoting Acta Dominorum Concilii,
the 'Acts of the Lords of Council', which
are the records of the king's council acting
as a court of law (before the Court of Session
or 'adjudication for debt', the legal action
by which a debtor's property was passed to
his creditors. Adjudication in implement
on the other hand, is a decision by a court
to implement a defective title to land.
the sentence of a court affecting a debtor's
property, as a consequence of which that
property would be sold to pay the debt.
It was really replaced by the adjudication,
because it was too abrupt for popular taste.
abbreviation for 'Acts of the Parliaments
can have various meanings. In general,
it means the conveyance to another of one's
rights in moveable property, or ones claim
for debts, or rights in land which is leased.
The person who gets an assignation
is called the assignee
the binding of holders of lands to have
their corn ground at only one particular mill,
for which they would pay multures
the lands so
astricted (or thirled)
to the mill were called the mill's sucken