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MARCH  

Borderland usually the land between England & Wales

MARCHER LORD     

A lord holding land along the English/Welsh border

MARK            

An accounting  term not an actual coin. Silver mark valued at 13s 4d (99p) whilst the gold mark's value was £6

MAYOR  

Burgesses of a towns or borough elected a mayor annually as their official representative

MEAD            

Drink made from fermenting honey & water. Also the name for a meadow

MERCER          

Dealer in cloth & fabrics

MESSUAGE     

Linear plot of land including a dwelling house,  & buildings belonging to one household.

MORTMAIN     

Grant of land into the 'dead hand' of a coporate body - not liable for succession dues as exists in perpetuity eg churches

MURAGE   

Toll for the upkeep of a town's walls

 

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NOBLE      

Gold coin worth 6s 8d (33p). Also a member of the nobility ie person of high birth

 

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OR                       

The term for gold in heraldry

OYER & TERMINER 

 Legal term meaning to hear & determine. Commisions of O & T in the 'shires' consisting of nobles & gentry were set up by the king