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noun Scots law (formerly)
  1. an obligation imposed upon tenants of certain lands requiring them to have their grain ground at a specified mill
  2. the fee paid for grinding the grain
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Word Origin for thirlage

C16: variant of earlier thrillage, from thrill, Scottish variant of thrall
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Historical Examples of thirlage

  • I could speak to the thirlage of invecta et illata too, but let that pass.

    The Monastery

    Sir Walter Scott

  • Statutory provision has been made for the commutation of these duties (Thirlage Act 1799), and they have now almost disappeared.