noun (plural stannaries)(usually the stannaries) British , chiefly historical
A tin-mining district in Cornwall or Devon.
- King John's charter of 1201 empowered the lord warden of the stannaries to try all cases except land, life, or limb.
- Tinners were required to take their metal to a stannary town, where the tin was weighed and stamped, and duty paid on it.
- The stannaries ‘profoundly influenced the manner in which the crown was perceived by ordinary people in the Tudor south-west’.
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