Virgate


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Virgate

An obsolete unit of area equivalent to 30 acres.
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Initial results indicate that while stinkwort does eventually grow roots as deep as yellow starthistle and virgate tarweed, this occurs several weeks after these other grassland annuals grow their roots.
The statement that there are so many villeins looks transparent enough, but in many estates the number is directly related to tax assessment: each recorded villein is matched by a virgate, that is a quarter of a hide.
Dyer records entry fines per yardland of 3 [pounds sterling]-8 [pounds sterling] in the 1530s, while Howell notes entry fines of 14 [pounds sterling]-15 [pounds sterling] per virgate in Kibworth Harcourt by the end of the sixteenth century.
The term villein was introduced by the Normans and it referred to an unfree tenant who held a virgate of land, between 25 and 30 acres, which was scattered amongst the open fields of a manor.