One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A measure of land in Orkney, Shetland, Caithness, and western Scotland, consisting of eighteen or twenty pennylands, on which a feu duty of one ounce of silver or one eighth of a mark was paid to the overlord.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in George Barry (1748–1805), topographical writer. From ounce + land, after uris-land.
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