I have been reading Scott's Waverley, or 'tis Sixty Years Since, and in that book, a lawyer is describing an estate surrounding a manor house. That estate is said to include...

the fortalice and manor-place thereof ..., tofts, crofts, mosses, muirs—outfield, infield—buildings—orchards—dovecots—with the right of net and coble in the water and loch of Veolan—teinds, parsonage and vicarage—annexis, connexis—rights of pasturage—fuel, feal, and divot—parts, pendicles, and pertinents whatsoever

I have run down the meaning of most of this, but I am stumped by feal. The Online Dictionary defines feal here to be an archaic word for "faithful", but that doesn't seem to me to be terribly relevant. Does anyone know what feal is in this context?


Looks like it's a set phrase, "feal and divot":

FEAL and DIVOT: turf and thatch.

from Humanities Web

  • Huh. I learn something new every day. May 2 '11 at 17:50
  • Good catch. May 2 '11 at 17:54

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