from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An officer of the royal forests of England, having the care of cattle agisted, and of collecting the money for the same; one who receives and pastures cattle, etc., for hire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who agists or takes in cattle to pasture at a certain rate; a pasturer.
  • noun Formerly, an officer of the king's forest, who had the care of cattle agisted, and collected the money for the same; hence called gisttaker, which in England is corrupted into guest-taker.


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  • Moore, 543 (40 Eliz.); an obscurely reported case, seems to have been assumpsit against an agistor, for a horse stolen while in his charge, and asserts obiter that "without such special assumpsit the action does not lie."

    The Common Law

  • _ I thought that among so many foresters there might be an agistor.

    Gryll Grange

  • Which being echoed in chorus by the other six, they took their departure, much marvelling what the reverend doctor could mean by an agistor.

    Gryll Grange

  • 1 An agistor was a forest officer who superintended the taking in of strange cattle to board and lodge, and accounted for the profit to the sovereign.

    Gryll Grange


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