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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A court, of which there were formerly three in the year, at which all the freeholders who owed suit and presence were fined in default of attendance.

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Examples

  • I am writing in the noise and babble of a head-court of freeholders; therefore my letter is incoherent, and therefore it is written also on long paper; but therefore, moreover, it will move by frank, as the member is here, and stands upon his popularity.

    Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume V (of 10)

  • Hexham, that, while attending the Michaelmas head-court, as an annual county-meeting is called, at Jedburgh, he was introduced, by an old companion, Charles Kerr of Abbotrule, to Mr. Robert Shortreed, that

    Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume I (of 10)

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