foghati (OSw) noun

An official who, together with the hæraþshöfþingi (q.v.), controlled lawful measurements. Presumed to have had a complementary function to the lænsmaþer (q.v.). Later in the Middle Ages, and in other sources, fairly common as an official of the king, the church, towns, etc, with duties primarily as a tax-collector and policeman.

sheriff OSw YVgL Föb Refs:

Förvaltningshistorisk ordbok s.v. fogde; KLNM s.v. fogde; Schlyter s.v. foghati

  • ‘foghati’. A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law.