• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sheriff-substitute the acting sheriff in a Scotch county or city, like the sheriff-depute appointed by the crown, but unlike the sheriff-depute forced to reside within his judicial district, and forbidden to take other employment
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scir-geréfascir (Eng. shire), geréfa, a governor; cog. with Ger. graf, a count.


In literature:

In process of time, they may perhaps be made the Sheriff-Substitute and Fountain of Justice at Lerwick or Tobermory.
"Edinburgh Picturesque Notes" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The first witness called was John Daviot, Esquire, Sheriff-Substitute of Mid-Lothian.
"The Law and the Lady" by Wilkie Collins
The sheriff-substitute may be at Golspie, or Tongue, or Dingwall, or I don't know where.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
In 1839, Mr. Bell was appointed a Sheriff-Substitute of Lanarkshire, with a salary of L400 per annum.
"Western Worthies" by J. Stephen Jeans
The weather having cleared, we set out for Ulinish, the house of Mr. Macleod, the sheriff-substitute of the island.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
Clackmannan forms a sheriffdom with Stirling and Dumbarton shires, and a sheriff-substitute sits at Alloa.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
The union of the two bodies took place fourteen years after the substitution of mayor and sheriffs for bailiffs.
"Rambles in an Old City comprising antiquarian, historical, biographical and political associations" by S. S. Madders
Sheriffs and their substitutes are addressed in their courts in Scotland as My Lord.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
It forms a sheriffdom with Fifeshire and a sheriff-substitute sits at Kinross.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various