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shrievalty (plural shrievalties)
- The office, jurisdiction, or tenure of a sheriff
1913, Clement King Shorter, George Borrow and His Circle:
- John Timbs, in his Walks and Talks about London, tells us that Phillips's colleague in the shrievalty was one Smith, who afterwards became Lord Mayor: The personnel of the two sheriffs presented a sharp contrast.
1911, Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, Brother Copas:
- He ought to do something to make his shrievalty memorable .
1851, Various, Notes and Queries, Number 68, February 15, 1851:
- --Can any of your readers inform me the origin of the delivery of water-buckets, glazed and painted with the city arms, given to the sheriffs of London and Middlesex at the expiration of the year of their shrievalty?
1663, Samuel Pepys, Diary of Samuel Pepys, September/October 1663:
- After discourse of this, and of supplying the garrison with some more horse, we rose; and Sir J. Minnes and I home again, finding the street about our house full, Sir R. Ford beginning his shrievalty to-day and, what with his and our houses being new painted, the street begins to look a great deal better than it did, and more gracefull.