An honest man, someone not dishonest, not a rogue, not a *nithing. It is used in *ASC for 1087, when William Rufus was calling for soldiers before besieging Rochester during the rebellion of his half-brother, Odo, bishop of Bayeux.

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  • NITHING — apud Matthaeum Paris. A. C. 1089. idem quod Nequam Latinis: in Annalibus. Waverli MSS. eôdem annô, apud Spelmannum: Rex. Wilhelmus iunior misit per totam Angliam et mandavit, ut quicumque foret Unnithing, sive Francus sive Anglicus, sive in burgo …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

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