laigi (OGu) noun

This refers to land worth a certain amount in rent. The word was originally used in connection with the rent to be paid by a tenant farmer. The expression marka laigi came later to be used in reference to any area of land that would fetch a mark of silver in annual rent, if tenanted, in the context of inheritance, dowry and punishment for misappropriation of land. This usage seems to have continued into the eighteenth century in Gotland. It is not clear how the rental value was calculated and all the numerical evidence comes from a much later period. According to Schlyter’s glossary, it was the equivalent of markland (q.v.) in UL and elsewhere in the Svea laws, giving for comparison the passage in UL Jb 1. Here it is stated that rent is one twenty-fourth of the freehold value of the land. If the same relationship (ignoring the actual value of a mark) applied on Gotland a mark laigi would have been land to the freehold value of twenty-four marker of silver or three marker of gold. The basis for land taxation was freehold value, but this could also be expressed in acreage, varying from district to district depending on the fertility of the soil.

land bringing/valued at/worth (a specified amount) in rent OGu GL A 20, 28, 63 Refs:

KLNM s.v. jordleige; Peel 2015, 138−39 note 20/91; Schlyter 1877, s.v. laigi; SL GL, 269 note 39

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