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yardland

[yahrd-land] /ˈyɑrdˌlænd/
noun
1.
virgate2 .
Origin of yardland
late Middle English
1400-1450
First recorded in 1400-50, yardland is from the late Middle English word yerdlonde. See yard1, land
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  • It is commonly supposed by the surveys that the holder of a yardland joins with one of his fellows to make up the team.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • Thus the boor is put before us as a tenant with a house and a yardland or virgate, and two plough oxen.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland
  • The hide, the yardland, the oxgang existed not only in the geld-rolls, but in fact and on the ground.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff

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