from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Scots law, a writ requiring one to give security against offering violence to another.
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Those who refused were, by a stretch of the law of "law-burrows," bound over to keep the peace of the Government.
These violent proceedings of Lauderdale were opposite to the natural temper of Charles and he immediately issued orders for discontinuing the bonds and the writs of law-burrows.
Lauderdale entertained the absurd notion of making the king sue out writs of law-burrows against his subjects.
By the law of Scotland, any man who should go before a magistrate, and swear that he thought himself in danger from another, might obtain a writ of law-burrows, as it is called; by which the latter was bound, under the penalty of imprisonment and outlawry, to find security for his good behavior.