Shire reeve

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(Old Eng. Law) the reeve, or bailiff, of a shire; a sheriff.
- Cowell.

See also: Shire

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Edric must defend himself at his trial before the shire reeve, with the likely outcome being his death, unless he can uncover convincing proof of his innocence.
After the Norman conquest of England in 1066 by William the Conqueror, each county (or shire) had a shire reeve (from which sheriff is derived) who was responsible for calling together a posse of citizens whenever the need arose to apprehend a suspected criminal who was believed to be likely to try to flee the area.
I just have this vision that in the not too distant future suitable A-level candidates will be assessed by a shire reeve in powdered wig, buckle shoes and a list of what our "fathers did for a living"