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Landdrost

/ˈlændrɒst/
noun
1.
(South African, history) the chief magistrate of a district
Word Origin
C18: Afrikaans, from Dutch land country + drost sheriff, bailiff
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  • The landdrost, or chief official of the ward, took the chair.

  • Every town has its landdrost, and every town has its landdrost's clerk.

    The Boer in Peace and War

    Arthur M. Mann
  • For each electoral district there is a magistrate or landdrost, whose duties are similar to those of a Civil Commissioner.

    The Last Boer War H. Rider Haggard
  • A district surgeon, clerk, receiver, and second clerk to the landdrost's court were also appointed.

    War's Brighter Side Julian Ralph.
  • In this proclamation the landdrost's court was ordered to resume its work on Monday, March 19th.

    War's Brighter Side Julian Ralph.
  • landdrost Schutte and Captain Shields quarrel over who shall have charge of the jail.

    A Woman's Part in a Revolution

    Natalie Harris Hammond
  • As he was still speaking to me, landdrost Bosman from Bothaville, came to pay me a visit.

    Three Years' War

    Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
  • landdrost Bosman (Wakkerstroom) then gave an account of the condition of affairs in his district.

    Three Years' War

    Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
  • For each electoral district there is a magistrate or landdrost whose duties are similar to those of a Civil Commissioner.

  • landdrost Stockenstrom, who accompanied this force, rode up to a party of the natives and urgently endeavoured to secure peace.

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