Swanimote

A court held three times each year before the forest verderers. This court had nothing to do with the birds, the swans; rather, the jurymen were swains employed in the forest, i.e. herdsmen. It was established under the *Forest Charter of 1217, whose purpose was to oversee the pasturing of pigs and cattle in the king's forests; also ensuring animals were cleared at times when they might interfere with the forest's life, e.g. during fawning and the hunting season.

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  • Swanimote — Swan i*mote, n. (Eng. Forest Law) See {Swainmote}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swanimote — Swainmote Swain mote , n. [Swain + mote meeting: cf. LL. swanimotum.] (Eng. Forest Law) A court held before the verders of the forest as judges, by the steward of the court, thrice every year, the swains, or freeholders, within the forest… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swanimote — swan·i·mote …   English syllables

  • swanimote — See sweinmote …   Black's law dictionary

  • swanimote — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Swainmote — Swain mote , n. [Swain + mote meeting: cf. LL. swanimotum.] (Eng. Forest Law) A court held before the verders of the forest as judges, by the steward of the court, thrice every year, the swains, or freeholders, within the forest composing the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sweinmote — Swainmote Swain mote , n. [Swain + mote meeting: cf. LL. swanimotum.] (Eng. Forest Law) A court held before the verders of the forest as judges, by the steward of the court, thrice every year, the swains, or freeholders, within the forest… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Forest Assizes — 1184 and 1198. Punishment for taking animals from the king s hunting grounds was fierce: castration and blinding were almost customary, while it was not unknown for the culprit to be executed. Crown lawyers sought to establish ancient custom for… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Verderer — Officer of the crown who imposed *forest laws. Cf. Swanimote; Vert and venison …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Verder — Officer of the crown who imposed *forest laws. Cf. Swanimote; Vert and venison …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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