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In Anglo-Saxon England: a tax or customary payment rendered to the Church, typically in grain, and usually on or by St Martin's day (11 November). In later medieval England: any of a number of contributions in kind (or money) demanded as a traditional ecclesiastical due and usually required to be paid by a tenant to his or her lord.
Old English; earliest use found in Charter: Bishop Oswald to King Edgar. In some forms from church + shot, in some forms from church + scot; in both cases probably as alteration of churchset.
church scot/ˈtʃəːtʃ skɒt/
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