from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sheriff.


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  • Shire and hundred courts administered local custom with the free-man suitors under the king's representative-ealdorman, shire-reeve, or hundred-reeve.


  • Whilst, in many respects, his position in a borough was analogous no doubt to the shire-reeve or sheriff of a county, there were, on the other hand, duties belonging to and exercised by the one which were not exercised by the other.

    London and the Kingdom - Volume I

  • Subordinate to him at first, but in time overshadowing him, was the shire-reeve, or sheriff, who was essentially a representative of the crown, sent to assume charge of the royal lands in the shire, to collect the king's revenue, and to receive the king's share of the fines imposed in the courts.

    The Governments of Europe

  • The Reeve, Anglo-Sax. ge-refa, was in Chaucer a kind of land agent, but the name was also applied to local officials, as in port-reeve, shire-reeve.

    The Romance of Names

  • With these goes the Franklin (Chapter XV), who had been Sherriff, i.e. shire-reeve.

    The Romance of Names

  • There were two presiding officers; one was the _ealdorman_, who was now appointed by the king; the other was the _shire-reeve_ (i.e. "sheriff"), who was still elected by the people and generally held office for life.

    Civil Government in the United States Considered with Some Reference to Its Origins

  • ~Sheriff~, or shire-reeve, governor of a shire, was the king's representative in each shire: he collected the revenue, called out and led the soldiers, and administered justice.

    The History of London

  • Another most important personage was the sheriff, or shire-reeve, whose business it was to see that the king had all his rights, to preside over the shire-moot when it sat as a judicial court, and to take care that its sentences were put in execution.

    A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3) From the earliest times to the Death of King Edward VII

  • The thanes, in their private jurisdictions, had delegated their power of judging to their reeves, or stewards; and the earl, or alderman, who was in the shire what the thane was in his manor, for the same reasons officiated by his deputy, the shire-reeve.

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 07 (of 12)

  • In England the Anglo-Saxons kings appointed a shire-reeve or sheriff, a removable agent in each county.

    Tea at Trianon


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