Court of Swainmote

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 steward, thrice in every year, the sweins or freeholders within the forest composing the jury. This court had jurisdiction to inquire into grievances and oppressions committed by the officers of the forest, and also to receive and try presentments certified from the court of attachments, certifying the cause, in turn, under the seals of the jury, in case of conviction, to the court of justice seat for the rendition of judgment

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 steward, thrice in… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Court of Swaingemote — 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

  • 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 steward, thrice in… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Court of Swaingemote — 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

  • 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,… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • 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 — 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

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