noun (plural sheriffs-deputes)historical
(In Scotland) the chief judge of a county or district.
- In 1797 he married Margaret Charlotte Charpentier, daughter of Jean Charpentier of Lyons in France, and was appointed sheriff-depute of Selkirkshire in 1799.
- Eventaully it became clear that the official duties connected with his appointment of sheriff-depute meant he would have to find a home in that area for himself and his young family.
- Captain David Ross, sheriff-depute of Sutherland, found both women guilty and ordered that they should be burned to death the following day.
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