of King Edgar, 959-975CE
This is the Ordinance how the
Hundred shall be held.
meet always within four weeks: and that every man do justice to another.
That a thief
shall be pursued.......... If there be present need, let it be known to the
hundred-man, and let him [make it known] to the tithing-men; and let all go
forth to where God may direct them to go: let them do justice on the thief, as
it was formerly the enactment of Edmund. And let the ceapgeld be paid to him
who owns the cattle, and the rest be divided into two; half to the hundred,
half to the lord, excepting men; and let the lord take possession of the men.
And the man who
neglects this, and denies the doom of the hundred, and the same be afterwards
proved against him; let him pay to the hundred thirty pence, and for the second
time sixty pence; half to the hundred, half to the lord. If he do so a third
time, let him pay half a pound: for the fourth time, let him forfeit all that
he owns, and be an outlaw, unless the king allow him to remain in the country.
And we have
ordained concerning unknown cattle; that no one should possess it without the
testimonies of the men of the hundred, or of the tithing-man; and that he be a
well trusty man: and, unless he have either of these, let no vouching to
warranty be allowed him.
We have also
ordained: if the hundred pursue a track into another hundred, that notice be
given to the hundred-man, and that he then go with them. If he neglect this,
let him pay thirty shillings to the king.
If any one
flinch from justice and escape, let him who held him to answer for the offense
pay the anylde. And if any one accuse him of having sent him away, let
him clear himself, as it is established in the country.
hundred, as in any other gemot, we ordain: that folkright be pronounced in
every suit, and that a term be fixed when it shall be fulfilled. And he who
shall break that term, unless it be by his lord's decree, let him make bot with
thirty shillings, and, on the day fixed, fulfil that which he ought to have
An ox's bell,
and a dog's collar, and a blast-horn, either of these three shall be worth a
shilling, and each is reckoned an informer.
Let the iron that is
for the threefold ordeal weigh three pounds; and for the single, one pound.