crofter definition

  • noun:
    • Chiefly British a person who rents and cultivates a croft; a tenant farmer.
    • One who has the tenure of a croft, often also the occupant and user.
    • person who rents and tills a little farm or holding.
    • person who occupies or cultivates a croft; specifically, a small farmer from the western coastline and countries of Scotland. The Scotch crofter is a small land-tenant, whose holding just isn't adequate to be called a farm or to support him by tillage. He's the equivalent associated with Irish cottier.
    • Originally a customary tenant with well-defined liberties to their holding, in the early nineteenth century the crofter came into existence regarded merely as a tenant at might. Wholesale evictions of crofters led, in 1883, into the session of a parliamentary commission of investigation, caused by that was the enactment, in 1885, of the Crofters Act, which guaranteed permanence of tenure, settlement for improvements, and reasonable rents, dependant on a permanent commission.
    • an owner or tenant of a small farm in Great Britain

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