CATCHPOLL

CATCHPOLL

catchpoll (kach-pohl). Hist. A sheriff’s deputy or bailiff. ¡ª Also spelled catchpol; catchpole.

¡°Catchpol … (One that catches by the Poll) Though now taken as a word of Contempt, yet in ancient times, it was used, without reproach, for such as we now call Sergeants of the Mace, Bailiffs, or any other that use to Arrest Men upon any Action.¡± Thomas Blount, Nomo-Lexicon: A Law-Dictionary (1670).


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