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A ploughgate was a Scottish land measurement, used in the south and the east of the country. It was supposed to be the area that eight oxen were said to be able to plough in one year. Because of the variable land quality in Scotland, this could be a number of different actual land areas. There were also regional discrepancies, but it was generally considered to be just over 100 Scottish acres on average. Royal motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within the United Kingdom Languages English, Gaelic, Scots Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... Binomial name Bos taurus Linnaeus, 1758 Cattle are domesticated ungulates, a member of the subfamily Bovinae of the family Bovidae. ... A Scottish acre (Scottish Gaelic: acair) was a land measurement used in the country. ...

Many sources say that four ploughgates made up a daugh, but in other places it would have appeared to have been the equivalent of one daugh exactly. Ploughgates were subdivided into oxgangs; the most common division appears to have been eight to a ploughgate. The Daugh, Davoch or Davach is an ancient Scottish land measurement. ...

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latin and scottish phrases (1485 words)
A measure of land particularly associated with North-East Scotland and described as equal to four ploughgates calculated as 416 Scots acres, but probably more correctly an indefinite are of land including rough grazing as well as arable ground varying in extent according to fertility.
A ploughgate being a forty-shilling land of Auld Extent and being calculated at about 104 aces, a merkland would be on an average 34 acres, the exact size however depending rather on its productive capacity than on its superficial area.
The duty, consisting of a proportion of the grain, exacted by the proprietor or tenant of a mill on all corn ground.
LESMAHAGOW - The Annals of Lesmahagow - With information on history and events dating from as early as 1179AD (1326 words)
He was to have charge of the copse-wood on the lands, with wood for his own use; but any part which he could not use he was forbidden to give to any of his neighbours, unless with the consent of the Abbot of Kelso and Prior of Lesmahagow.
A ploughgate, according to Balfour;s Practices, should contain eight oxengang, an oxengang twelve acres; but this rule is difficult to apply, and the term may generally be said to express an much land as one plough can overtake and labour within year and day.
Carrucate is of French derivation (charrue, a plough), and is synonymous with "a hide of land", and old English land measure, extending from one hundred to one hundred and twenty acres.
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