One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A piece of land having an annual rental value of one mark. Hence also: a unit of land based on this value, used in land assessment.
2Orkney and Shetland. An area of land having the capital value of one mark. Usually used as a unit of land assessment and subdivided into eight ures.
Mid 16th century. From mark + land. Compare post-classical Latin marcata terrae a mark's worth of land, and the Anglo-Norman equivalent marché de terre. Old English mearcland and Old Icelandic markland borderland, wasteland are unrelated.
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