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  • n. Plural form of patroon.


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  • Settlers under these lords, who were known as patroons -- a term synonymous with the Scottish "laird" and the Swedish "patroon" -- were to be exempt for ten years from the payment of taxes and tribute for the support of the colonial government, and for the same period every man, woman and child was bound not to leave the service of the patroon without his written consent.

    The Land We Live In The Story of Our Country

  • The men who received these huge estates were called patroons, which is the same word as our English patron, and they had power not unlike the feudal lords of old time.

    This Country of Ours: The Story of the United States

  • These proprietors, called patroons, held great political power as well as judicial power over the settlers.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • These persons were called "patroons" (patrons) of the manor.

    A Brief History of the United States

  • Van Rensselaer was not only one of the greatest of the old 'patroons' who formed the landed aristocracy of Dutch New York, but he was also a Federalist.

    The War With the United States : A Chronicle of 1812

  • They alone owned the land, and their hundreds of tenants held their farms on rentals or leases, subject to the will of the "patroons," as they were called, -- a Dutch adaptation of the old Roman _patronus_, meaning patrician or patron.

    Historic Boys Their Endeavours, Their Achievements, and Their Times

  • "patroons," who held their property on _quasi_ feudal conditions, and bore a resemblance to the _seigneurs_ of French Canada.

    Lord Elgin

  • The descendant of Dutch patroons -- the aristocrats who settled the Hudson River valley in the 17th century -- FDR lived out the life of the American ruling class.

    Bruce Schulman: When Elite Get Tough

  • They had a unique spirit, very different from the Castilians who ruled New Spain, the East Anglian Puritans who dominated New England, the Dutch merchants and patroons of New Netherland, the Cavaliers who ran Virginia, the Quakers of Pennsylvania, the North Britons and Ulster Scots of Backcountry America.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Another in our series this month of movies where the setting of a house drives the story, Dragonwyck of the title is a manor on the Hudson River of upstate New York in the days of the great Dutch landowners or “patroons.”

    Archive 2008-10-01


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