Leap Year

It is statut and ordaint
that during the reine
of Her Maist Blisset Megestic,

ilk fourth year,
known as Leap Year,
ilk maiden ladye

of baith high and low estait
shall hae liberty to bespeak
ye man she likes;

albeit gif he refuses
to tak hir
to be his wyfe,

he shall be mulcted
in ye summe of ane dundis
or less,

as his estait moit be,
except and awis
gif he can mak it appear

that he is betrothit
to ane ither women,
that he then shall be free

Source: Scottish parliamentary statute dating from 1288


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