from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adjective Of or pertaining to tin mines, or tin works.
- noun A tin mine; tin works.
John Germon was born and raised in the Devon stannary town of Ashburton.
It was an active centre of mining, and became a stannary or coinage town.
In the Forest of Dartmoor, Devonshire, between Tavistock and Chegford, is a high hill, called Crocken Tor, where the tinners of this county are obliged by their charter to assemble their parliaments, or the jurats who are commonly gentlemen within the jurisdiction, chosen from the four stannary courts of coinage in this county, of which the lord-warden is judge.
The stannary courts, which exercised jurisdiction over the miners, being liable to a like objection, underwent a like fate.
The word 'stannary' comes from a Latin word meaning 'tin'.