noun (plural shrievalties)chiefly historical
The office, jurisdiction, or tenure of a sheriff.
- Moreover, the combined salaries of the three wardens or lieutenants was now less than £400 per annum, and much of this was recouped by reviving the ancient practice of farming the shrievalties.
- This connection ensured that Stephen received a number of important, and lucrative, appointments, and Lancashire was simply one of a number of shrievalties he held at the same time.
- It was ordained by 28 Edward I that the people shall have election of sheriff in every shire where the shrievalty is not of inheritance.
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