One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tax levied by a municipal corporation on its members.‘persons keep their own houses and pay taxes, scot and lot’
- ‘All Frenchmen who shared in the customs of the English when Edward the Confessor was king shall pay what is called ‘scot and lot’.’
- ‘As indicated, the basic qualification for an intrinsic burgess, or freeman, was to be at scot and lot.’
- ‘Before towns acquired self-government, ‘burgesses’ referred to all residents who were at scot and lot - that is, contributing to the financial obligations laid on the town as a whole.’
- ‘The principal criterion for laying claim to that status was to be at scot and lot, which entailed the reciprocity of rights and responsibilities that is fundamental to the concept of citizenship in today's society.’
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