Definitions for bailiffship
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an officer, similar to a sheriff, employed to keep order in the court, make arrests, etc.
(in Britain) a person charged with local administrative authority, or the chief magistrate in a town.
(esp. in Britain) an overseer of a landed estate or farm.
Origin of bailiff:
1250–1300; ME baillif < OF, der. of bail custody; see bail1
the office of bailiff