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>Can someone define these titles or occupations?
Do you know google.com?
``TACKSMAN - middleman who leased a large piece of land from the owner
and sublet it in small lots''
``Next in dignity to the Laird is the Tacksman; a large taker or
lease-holder of land, of which he keeps part, as a domain, in his own
hand, and lets part to under tenants. The Tacksman is necessarily a
man capable of securing to the Laird the whole rent, and is commonly
a collateral relation. These tacks, or subordinate possessions, were
long considered as hereditary, and the occupant was distinguished by
the name of the place at which he resided. He held a middle station,
by which the highest and the lowest orders were connected. He paid rent
and reverence to the Laird, and received them from the tenants. This
tenure still subsists, with its original operation, but not with the
--A JOURNEY TO THE WESTERN ISLANDS OF SCOTLAND by Samuel Johnson
OSTIG IN SKY
``WADSETTER - under Scottish law a creditor to whom a wadset is made;
a wadset is a right, by which lands, or other heritable subjects,
are impignorated by the proprietor to his creditor in security of his debt''
``WADSET - Scotch law. A right, by which lands, or other heritable subjects,
are impignorated by the proprietor to his creditor in security of his
debt; and, like other heritable rights, is perfected by seisin.
``Wadsets, by the present practice, are commonly made out in the form of
mutual contracts, in which one party sells the land, and the other grants,
the right of reversion.
``Wadsets are proper or improper. Proper, where the use of the land shall
go for the use of the money. Improper, where the reverser agrees to make
up the deficiency; and where it amounts to more, the surplus profit of
the land is applied to the extinction of the principal.
``WADSETTER - Scotch law. A creditor to whom a wadset is made.''
>How is it that some of the people in the Baron's and Earl's list are also
>Wadsetters and Tacksmen?
It appears that Paul Sinclair, well known on this list, knows the answer:
``Morrison asserts that John voluntarily left Scotland because he was
not satisfied being a wadsetter (as he was not the first born), quit
Lybster Reay, married Mary in Edinburgh, and came to America. As this
is a psychological assumption, the indenturement of John in 1651 seems
more likely and more documented.''
John S. Quarterman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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