- skip - Brewer’s

Lath or Lathe

.

A division of a county. Sometimes it was an intermediate division between a hundred and a shire, as the lathes of Kent and rapes of Sussex, each of which contained three or four “hundreds” apiece. In Ireland the arrangement was different. The officer over a lath was called a lathreeve. (Anglo-Saxon læth, a canton.)

1


“If all that tything failed, then all that lath was charged for that tything; and if the lath failed, then all that hundred was demanded for them [i.e. turbulent fellows], and if the hundred, then the shire.—Spenser: Ireland.

previous entry · index · next entry

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

previous entry · index · next entry

Last of the Fathers
Last of the Goths
Last of the Greeks
Last of the Knights
Last of the Mohicans
Last of the Romans
Last of the Tribunes (The)
Last of the Troubadours
Lat (El)
Lateran
Lath or Lathe
Lather
Latin
Latin Learning
Latinus
Latitudinarians
Latona
Latria and Dulia
Lattice or Chequers
Laugh in One’s Sleeve (To)
Laugh on the Other Side of Your Mouth