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n.1.(Eng. Forest Law) A court held before the verders of the forest as judges, by the steward of the court, thrice every year, the swains, or freeholders, within the forest composing the jury.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Hoyle, ed., The Estates of the English Crown 1558-1640 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992): Joan Thirsk, "The Crown as Projector on Its Own Estates, from Elizabeth I to Charles I," 297-352; Richard Hoyle, "Disafforestation or Drainage: The Crown as Entrepreneur?" 353-88; and Peter Large, "From Swainmote to Disafforestation: Feckenham Forest in the Early Seventeenth Century," 389-417.