Leyrwite

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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  • Fihtwite — A fine, i.e. a *wite, for fighting. In *LHP, the Latin was fightwita and was considered a relatively minor offence, punishable by the offender s lord. Cf. Forsteal; Leyrwite …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Legerwite — See Leyrwite …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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