Why no Acorns in UK this year?

Roger Whitehead rgw at office-futures.com
Sun Oct 18 17:04:01 EST 1998

In article <362A5AFC.CE298E46 at mcmail.com>, Pete Selby wrote:
> 'the common of mast'.  This was the right
> to turn pigs out into the woodland to consume the tree fruits mainly acorns
> and beech mast.

Where the swine were turned out was called, in Anglo-Saxon, the 'maestland'; 
the right to do so was 'maest-raeden'. ("Raed" [singular] had various meanings, 
including advice, discussion, counsel, scheme and benefit.) In later times, 
this right gained the name 'pannage'.

As well as turbary (cutting turf or peat) and estovers (collecting underwood 
and pollarded branches, so long as it was done "by hook or by crook"), there 
were the rights of piscary (taking fish from someone else's water), housebote 
(taking larger pieces of wood - timbers - for house building and repair) and 
numerous others, including rights to gravel, furze, bracken, chalk, clay, 
reeds, nuts and herbs. Richard Mabey reports that in Lancashire there were 
rights to slate and to juniper berries.



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