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hayward (plural haywards)

  1. (historical) One whose occupation involved overseeing the sowing and harvesting of crops as well as protecting the crops from stray people or animals.
    • 1877, William Oldnall Russell, Charles Sprengel Greaves, & George Sharswood, A Treatise on Crimes and Misdemeanors, p571
      [] it was held that this was not indictable, for till the horse got to the pound the hayward was merely acting as the servant of the owner of the land []
    • 1881, The Antiquary, vol III, p255
      The hayward at the same place had an acre of the lord's corn in autumn, always in a certain part of the field.
    • 1890, Jean Jules Jusserand, English Wayfaring Life in the Middle Ages, page 24:
      A horn, such as our man wears, was always worn by a hayward, who used to blow it to warn off people from straying in the crops.