Lairwite


Lairwite
The fine and/or offence of fornication. In *LHP the offence is known in Latin as legerwita and is considered one of the minor offences (minora forisfacta) like *fihtwite. The jurisdiction for such offences was with the offender's lord, assuming the person had escaped from the scene. From leyr derives 'lair'. [< OldEngl. leger = lying (down), a bed + wite = a fine]

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  • lairwite — lairwite, or lairesite /lerwayt/ A fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid to the lords of some manors lecherwite, lairwite, or legerwite /lecharwayt, lerwayt, lejsrwayt/ At common law, a fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid… …   Black's law dictionary

  • lairwite — lairwite, or lairesite /lerwayt/ A fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid to the lords of some manors lecherwite, lairwite, or legerwite /lecharwayt, lerwayt, lejsrwayt/ At common law, a fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid… …   Black's law dictionary

  • lairwite — …   Useful english dictionary

  • lairwite, or lairesite — /lerwayt/ A fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid to the lords of some manors lecherwite, lairwite, or legerwite /lecharwayt, lerwayt, lejsrwayt/ At common law, a fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid to the lords of certain …   Black's law dictionary

  • lairwite, or lairesite — /lerwayt/ A fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid to the lords of some manors lecherwite, lairwite, or legerwite /lecharwayt, lerwayt, lejsrwayt/ At common law, a fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid to the lords of certain …   Black's law dictionary

  • lecherwite — lairwite, or lairesite /lerwayt/ A fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid to the lords of some manors lecherwite, lairwite, or legerwite /lecharwayt, lerwayt, lejsrwayt/ At common law, a fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid… …   Black's law dictionary

  • legerwite — lairwite, or lairesite /lerwayt/ A fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid to the lords of some manors lecherwite, lairwite, or legerwite /lecharwayt, lerwayt, lejsrwayt/ At common law, a fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid… …   Black's law dictionary

  • lairesite — lairwite, or lairesite /lerwayt/ A fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid to the lords of some manors lecherwite, lairwite, or legerwite /lecharwayt, lerwayt, lejsrwayt/ At common law, a fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid… …   Black's law dictionary

  • lecherwite — lairwite, or lairesite /lerwayt/ A fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid to the lords of some manors lecherwite, lairwite, or legerwite /lecharwayt, lerwayt, lejsrwayt/ At common law, a fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid… …   Black's law dictionary

  • legerwite — lairwite, or lairesite /lerwayt/ A fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid to the lords of some manors lecherwite, lairwite, or legerwite /lecharwayt, lerwayt, lejsrwayt/ At common law, a fine for adultery or fornication, anciently paid… …   Black's law dictionary


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