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scot and lot

British History. a municipal tax assessed proportionately upon the members of a community.
pay scot and lot, to pay in full; settle finally.
Origin of scot and lot
1275-1325; Middle English, rhyming phrase; see scot, lot Unabridged
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  • scot-and-lot voters were the independent electors of Lansmere, with the additional franchise of Freemen.

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scot and lot

(Brit, history) a municipal tax paid by burgesses and others that came to be regarded as a qualification for the borough franchise in parliamentary elections (until the Reform Act of 1832)
Word Origin
C13 scot tax, from Germanic; compare Old Norse skot; related to Old French escot (French écot) + lot (in the obsolete sense: tax)
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