Tacksman

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tacksman (Scots Law) One who holds a tack or lease from another; a tenant, or lessee. "The tacksmen , who formed what may be called the “peerage” of the little community, must be the captains."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tacksman In Scots law, one who holds a tack or lease of land from another; a tenant or lessee. Any lessee in Scotland is a tacksman; but the word has been much used specifically for a large holder of land by lease, or formerly by grant from the chief of his clan, who sublets it to small holders, often under very oppressive conditions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tacksman a tenant or lessee
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Sw. tackel—Ice. taka, to take.

Usage

In literature:

A Laird, a man of wealth and eminence, sends his child, either male or female, to a tacksman, or tenant, to be fostered.
"A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland" by Samuel Johnson
Altogether it had the appearance of being the residence of a person of the rank of a small proprietor or tacksman.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
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