byamal (OSw) bymal (OSw) noun

Literally, ‘village measurement’. It refers both to the individual’s allocation of land in a village and the whole village area, including unallocated land. The system of measurement varied between the different provinces of Sweden. It was the basis of the levy commitment and also governed inheritance law.

distribution OSw MELL Bb
order of a village OSw MELL Bb
rules of the village community OSw MELL Bb
village community OSw MELL Bb
village land OSw MELL Bb
village measurement OSw SdmL Jb, Bb
OSw UL Blb
OSw VmL Bb

brut ok byamal, brut ok byæ mal (OSw)

village measurement and distribution OSw UL Blb


KLNM, s.v.v. byamål, bymark; Schlyter 1877, s.v. byamal; SL UL, 188 note 11; SL VmL, 151 note 13

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