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- n. The regions in which a sheriff has authority.
- n. The office, or period of office, of a sheriff.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The office of sheriff; shrievalty.
- n. The district or territory over which a sheriff's jurisdiction extends.
George Buchanan was born in Lennoxshire (commonly called the sheriffdom of Dumbarton), in Scotland, in a country town, situated near the river or water of Blane , in the year of our Lord 1506, about the beginning of February, of a family rather ancient than rich.
Buteshire and Renfrewshire form one sheriffdom, with a sheriff-substitute resident in Rothesay who also sits periodically at
Caithness unites with Orkney and Shetland to form a sheriffdom, and there is a resident sheriff-substitute at Wick, who sits also at Thurso and Lybster.
Banffshire, with Aberdeen and Kincardine shires, forms a sheriffdom, and there is a resident sheriff-substitute at Banff, who sits also at Keith, Buckie and
The county forms a sheriffdom, and there are resident sheriffs-substitute at Ayr and Kilmarnock, who sit also at Irvine,
Argyll became a sheriffdom, Galloway was brought into order, and Alexander, who died in the Isle of Kerrera in the bay of Oban (1249), well deserved his title of "a King of Peace."
Crawford, and lost the sheriffdom of Inverness, and the earldom of Ross, which was attached to the Crown (1476).
In a Parliament at Perth (March 1428) James permitted the minor barons and freeholders to abstain from these costly assemblies on the condition of sending two "wise men" to represent each sheriffdom: a Speaker was to be elected, and the shires were to pay the expenses of the wise men.
He was endowed with the sheriffdom of this county, and Maurice de Hattely, or Hautlieu, was numbered among the wealthy and powerful barons of Scotland.
Christie, at the head of Glenconie, in the parish of ---- and sheriffdom aforesaid.
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