from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The head of a frankpledge or tithing
  • n. A petty constable in a parish

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The chief of a frankpledge, tithing, or decennary, consisting of ten families; -- called also borsholder, boroughhead, boroughholder, and sometimes tithingman. See borsholder.
  • n. A petty constable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In England, formerly, the head of a borough; the chief of a frank-pledge, tithing, or decennary.


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  • About ten days before the time of which I am speaking, I was visited by various alguazils, accompanied by a kind of headborough, who made a small seizure of Testaments and Gypsy Gospels, which happened to be lying about.

    The Bible in Spain

  • He is BONUS SOCIUS with headborough and constable.


  • Is there no constable, nor headborough, though, to take me out of his house? for I am sure I can safely swear the peace against him: But, alas! he is greater than any constable: he is a justice himself: Such a justice deliver me from! —


  • When the iudges haue giuen sentence of life, or of deathe, the sentence is brought to the headborough of the Citie (whom we call the Mayour) and they Licomegia: he supplieth the place of the King.

    The Fardle of Facions, conteining the aunciente maners, customes and lawes, of the peoples enhabiting the two partes of the earth, called Affricke and Asie

  • Goldthred had a fierce dispute with the headborough, whom he had summoned to aid him in raising the country.


  • Had I but known, I could have made twenty shifts; nay, for that matter, and in so good a cause, I would have thought little to have prigged a prancer from the next common — it had but been sending back the brute to the headborough.


  • An under-officer of Cossacks and a headborough ‡ came out.

    A Hero of Our Time

  • “There is one other lodging,” answered the headborough, scratching his head.

    A Hero of Our Time

  • ‡ Desyatnik, a superintendent of ten (men or huts), i.e. an officer like the old English tithing-man or headborough.

    A Hero of Our Time

  • From a child this Frank had been a donought that his father, a headborough, who could ill keep him to school to learn his letters and the use of the globes, matriculated at the university to study the mechanics but he took the bit between his teeth like a raw colt and was more familiar with the justiciary and the parish beadle than with his volumes.



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