Burhbot


Burhbot
A levy or tax raised specifically for the repair or upkeep of a *burh's fortifications. It is first mentioned in a charter of King Aethelbald in 749. It could also require men to work, as happened during construction of Offa's Dyke. It applied particularly to those fortified places established by Alfred as part of the general defences set up against Vikings.
Cf. Burh; Bot2

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  • burhbót — f ( e/ a) liability for repair of the walls of a town or fortress …   Old to modern English dictionary

  • Bot — 1) Compensation paid to someone for injury caused. Cf. Botleas; Bot2; Wite 2) [bote]. An advantage, e.g. a tenant s right to take supplies such as timber for the necessary repair of property. Cf. Burhbot; Haybot …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Burh — Orig. a fortified manor house or private stronghold. Before the Vikings arrived, burh referred to ancient hill camps, and remnants of Roman encampments. Later it was used of fortified towns (which may well have grown up around a fortified manor… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Burgh — Orig. a fortified manor house or private stronghold. Before the Vikings arrived, burh referred to ancient hill camps, and remnants of Roman encampments. Later it was used of fortified towns (which may well have grown up around a fortified manor… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Burhwealles sceating — A part of the *burh s public revenue for the repair of its walls. [< OldEngl. *burh + weall = wall + sceatt = shilling] Cf. Burhbot …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases


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