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HORNING Definition & Legal Meaning

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In Scotch law. “Letters of horning” is the name given to a judicial processissuing on the decree of a court, by which the debtor is summoned to perform hisobligation in terms of the decree, the consequence of his failure to do so being liabilityto arrest and imprisonment It was anciently the custom to proclaim a debtor who hadfailed to obey such process a rebel or outlaw, which was done by three blasts of thehorn by the king’s sergeant in a public place. This was called “putting to the horn,”whence the name.


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