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  • n. Plural form of headborough.


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  • The court then granted licenses to the public houses, and swore in the headboroughs, constables, and other officers.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 569, October 6, 1832

  • He found a thin garrison, a pompous bailiff, wordy and precise, headboroughs without heads, and a panic-stricken horde of shopkeepers with things to lose, who spent the day in crying

    The Forest Lovers

  • The invariable usage, previous to the imposition of a new tax, or change in the old, is for the magistrate concerned to send for the leading merchants whose interests may be involved, or for the headboroughs and village elders, according to the circumstances in each case, and to discuss the proposition in private.

    China and the Chinese

  • We have reached the people and their head men, or headboroughs, over whom is set the magistrate, with a nominal salary which would be quite insufficient for his needs, even if he were ever to draw it.

    China and the Chinese

  • This difficulty is bridged over by the appointment of a number of head men, or headboroughs, who are furnished with wooden seals, and who are held responsible for the peace and good order of the wards or boroughs over which they are set.

    China and the Chinese

  • The Sheriffs, mayors, and aldermen of the towns, the country gentlemen who were in the commission of the peace, the headboroughs, bailiffs, and petty constables, cost the King nothing.

    The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 1

  • Parliament for the encouragement and increase of seamen, and for the better and speedier manning of Her Majesty’s fleet, which authorises all justices to issue warrants to constables, petty constables, headboroughs, and tything-men, to enter and, if need be, to break open the doors of any houses where they shall believe deserting seamen to be; and for the further increase and encouragement of the navy, to take able-bodied landsmen when seamen fail.

    Catherine: a story

  • a recorder, 12 portmen, four of which, befides the bailiffs, are juflices of the peace, two coroners, 24 common-councilmen, who. are alfo high-confbbles, and 12 of them headboroughs, and 15 pettv-confta - bles.

    A tour through the island of Great Britain : divided into circuits or journies ...


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