hearth money definition

  • noun:
    • Roman Catholic Church See Peter's pence.
    • tax previously laid in England on hearths, each hearth (in all houses paying the chapel and poor prices) being taxed at two shillings; -- labeled as additionally chimney cash, etc.
    • an annual share made by Roman Catholics to guide the papal see

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