kynsnævnd (ODan) noun

A nævnd (ODan) ‘nominated men’ consisting of twelve of the defendant’s kinsmen in the region, and nominated by the plaintiff, possibly a reduced form of defence in cases where the plaintiff lacked important evidence. Appearing mostly in cases of inheritance but occasionally also concerning violent crimes without witnesses. The concept, albeit not the word, also appears in SkL.

men named from the kin ODan JyL 1
men of one’s kin ODan JyL 1, 2
men of the kin ODan JyL 3 Refs:

Andersen 2010, 92, 103–05; Tamm and Vogt, eds, 2016, 307

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