From Middle English burghbote (“the obligation to keep walls of towns or fortifications in repair; the tax levied for this purpose”), from Old English burgbōt, burhbōt (“liability for repair of the walls of a town or fortress”), equivalent to burgh + bote.
- (obsolete) A contribution toward the building or repairing of castles or walls for the defense of a city or town.
- Borghbote: Refere les murs de la cite. — Munimenta Gildhallae Londoniensis, 1325
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for burghbote in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)