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Landdrost

/ˈlændrɒst/
noun
1.
(South African, history) the chief magistrate of a district
Word Origin
C18: Afrikaans, from Dutch land country + drost sheriff, bailiff
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  • The landdrost, or chief official of the ward, took the chair.

  • landdrost Schutte and Captain Shields quarrel over who shall have charge of the jail.

    A Woman's Part in a Revolution Natalie Harris Hammond
  • Fortunately, the enemy gave us a week's rest on the farm of landdrost Schotte.

    On Commando Dietlof Van Warmelo
  • For each electoral district there is a magistrate or landdrost whose duties are similar to those of a Civil Commissioner.

  • As he was still speaking to me, landdrost Bosman from Bothaville, came to pay me a visit.

    Three Years' War Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
  • landdrost Stockenstrom, who accompanied this force, rode up to a party of the natives and urgently endeavoured to secure peace.

  • For each electoral district there is a magistrate or landdrost, whose duties are similar to those of a Civil Commissioner.

    The Last Boer War H. Rider Haggard
  • The local administrative officer for civil matters was the landdrost or district magistrate.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • A district surgeon, clerk, receiver, and second clerk to the landdrost's court were also appointed.

    War's Brighter Side Julian Ralph.
  • The landdrost is the friend of the Boer, and he can always "square" him in a matter against a native.

    Native Races and the War Josephine Elizabeth Butler

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