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- n. Plural form of virgate.
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It is to be noted next that a large proportion of the cultivated strips were not held in virgates or otherwise by the villagers at all, but were in the direct possession and cultivation of the lord of the manor.
Some of these tenants held, besides their half virgates, other plots of land for which each had to make hay for one day for the lord, with
His house and land, 'two and a half virgates,' had been long held in copyhold by his family, and he died in fairly prosperous circumstances.
"And this old man's sires," said my father to me, but so that he did not hear, "held land in Domesday Book -- twelve virgates of land with close on forty carucates of arable, villeins and borderers and bondservants, six acres of wood, a hundred and twenty of pasture; and he makes his last stand on this heap of stones.