What is BOTE?

In old English law. A recompense or compensation, or profit or advantage. Also reparation or amends for any damage done. Necessaries for the maintenance and carrying on of husbandry. An allowance; the ancient name for estovers. House-bote is a sufficient allowance of wood from off the estate to repair or burn in the house, and sometimes termed “fire-bote;” plow- bote and cart-bote are. wood to be employed in making and repairing all instruments of husbandry ; and hay-bote or hedge-bote is wood for repairing of hays, hedges, or fences. The word also signifies reparation for any damage or injury done, as man-bote, which was a compensation or amends for a man slain, etc.

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