Swainmote

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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  • 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

  • swainmote — swain; swainmote /sweyn(mowt)/ See swein sweinmote …   Black's law dictionary

  • swainmote — variant of swainimote * * * swainmote see swanimote …   Useful english dictionary

  • Court of Swainmote — Court of Sweinmote /kort av sweynmowt/ (Spelled, also, Swainmote, Swaingemote.) (Saxon, swang, an attendant, a freeholder, and mote or gemote, a meeting.) In England, one of the old forest courts, held before the verderers, as judges, by the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • 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

  • 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

  • Royal forest — A royal forest is an area of land with different meanings in England, Wales and Scotland; the term forest does not mean forest as it is understood today, as an area of densely wooded land. There are also differing and contextual interpretations… …   Wikipedia

  • Verderer — Verderers are officials in Britain who deal with Common land in certain former royal hunting areas which are the property of The Crown.[1] Contents 1 Origins 2 New Forest Verderers 3 …   Wikipedia

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

  • Sweinmote — Swein mote , n. See {Swainmote}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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