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- n. In Anglo-Saxon law, the owner of an allotment or yard-land, usually consisting of 30 acres; a villein.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Anglo-Saxon law, the owner of an allotment or yard-land, usually of 30 acres: corresponding to the villein of later times.
The _gafolgelda_ or _tributarius_ (tribute-payer) seems to have been a ceorl who possessed at least a hide, while the _gebur_ was without land of his own, and received his outfit as a loan from his lord.
Another type of unfree tenant was the _gebur_, who held a yardland of some thirty or forty acres, which, upon his entrance, was stocked with two oxen, one cow, six sheep, tools and household utensils.
On the other hand the _gebur_ seems not to have been liable to payments of this kind, presumably because the land which he cultivated formed part of the demesne
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