Thirlage

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Thirlage (Scots Law) The right which the owner of a mill possesses, by contract or law, to compel the tenants of a certain district, or of his sucken, to bring all their grain to his mill for grinding.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thirlage In Scots law, a species of servitude, formerly very common in Scotland, and also prevalent in England, by which the proprietors or other possessors of lands were bound to carry the grain produced on the lands to a particular mill to be ground, to which mill the lands were said to be thirled or astricted, and also to pay a certain proportion of the grain, varying in different cases, as a remuneration for the grinding, and for the expense of the erection and maintenance of the mill. Also called sequel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thirlage a form of servitude by which the grain produced on certain lands had to be ground at a certain mill and a certain proportion paid
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Thrall