from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A hill of meeting or council; an elevated place in the open air where public assemblies or courts were held by the Saxons; -- called, in Scotland, mute-hill.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In old Eng. hist., a hill of meeting on which the moot was held.
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They were as closely correlated as the moot-hill and the Gallow hill in our own country.
It was placed in some conspicuous position, upon the top of a "moot-hill," or the open-air place of assembly.
The Capitol, it may be remarked, was precisely similar to the moot-hill, or open-air court, which existed in our own country in primitive times, and where justice was administered at regular intervals.
The place of execution was chosen conveniently near to this moot-hill, or seat of justice; and the criminal, when condemned, was speedily executed, by being hurled over the rock, just outside of the eastern rampart, which surrounded the settlement.
Grove Lane; and these associations undoubtedly indicate that the spot was once a moot-hill or prehistoric sanctuary, where religious and inauguration rites were performed.
The mound or tumulus was in all likelihood a moot-hill, where justice was dispensed and the chieftains of the district were elected.
In every village there was a moot-hill, or sacred tree, where the freemen met to make their own laws and arrange their agricultural affairs.
"moot-hill" that they dispensed their feudal laws as seemed to them good.
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