Definitions for tithingˈtaɪ ðɪŋ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(in frankpledge) a group of ten men and their families, considered for legal and security purposes.
Origin of tithing:
A rural division of land, originally corresponding to ten households under the frank-pledge system.
the act of levying or taking tithes; that which is taken as tithe; a tithe
a number or company of ten householders who, dwelling near each other, were sureties or frankpledges to the king for the good behavior of each other; a decennary
A tithing or tything was an historic English legal, administrative or territorial unit, originally one tenth of a hundred, and later a subdivision of a manor or civil parish. The term implies a grouping of ten households. The tithing's leader or spokesman was known as a tithingman. The term originated in the 10th century, when a tithing meant a group of ten adult males, each of whom was responsible for the other members' actions and behaviour in a system of frankpledge. It later came to be used in a wider range of legal, fiscal and estate-management contexts, sometimes applied to a grouping of householders and sometimes to an area of land. It continued to be found in some parts of rural England well into the 19th century. In Kent, and in parts of Surrey and Sussex, the equivalent term was a borgh, borow, or borough; and the equivalent to the tithingman was a borsholder, borough-holder or headborough.
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