from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ridge or rig (that is, a strip of ground) in land so divided that alternate rigs belong to different owners; hence, the system of land-holding by alternate rigs.
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Mr. Gomme -- one of the very few English scholars who have paid attention to the subject -- shows in his work that many traces of the communal possession of the soil are found in Scotland, "runrig" tenancy having been maintained in Forfarshire up to 1813, while in certain villages of Inverness the custom was, up to 1801, to plough the land for the whole community, without leaving any boundaries, and to allot it after the ploughing was done.
Such quarrels were common in Scotland when the runrig system of common fields, each man with his strip, prevailed.
Many ploughs were at work at once on a Scottish runrig field, and each farmer had his own strip on several common fields, but each farmer held by rent, or by rent and services, from the laird.
a bit like runrig "I'll take the high road" - check does it sound like every other charity single?