foghati (1) (OSw) foghet (ODan) 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.). In town laws, an official of the king with considerable authority parallel to the town raþ (q.v.) with administrative and judicial functions and a primary duty to see to the king’s financial interests. Other sources suggest that some of the powers of the town foghati were gradually transferred to the borghamæstare (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.

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Förvaltningshistorisk ordbok s.v. fogde; Gustafsson 2006, 82–87; KLNM s.v. fogde; Schlyter s.v. foghati

  • ‘foghati (1)’. A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law.