Multure


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MULTURE, Scotch law. The quantity of grain or meal payable to the proprietor of the mill, or to the multurer, his tacksman, for manufacturing the corns. Ersk. Prin. Laws of Scotl. B. 2 t. 9, n. 19.

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They did this, first of all, by setting the rate of multure - that part of the gram that was taken as payment for the milling service - very high.
Lords were, in fact, on the horns of a dilemma when they tried over-zealously to impose suit of mill or to raise multure rates, since such attempts also tended to discourage outside customers.
This was most strikingly evident at Wirksworth, Derbyshire, where a thirteenth-century attempt to raise the multure rate from one-twentieth to one-fourteenth seems to have been a direct copy of practice further north.(88) More generally, it showed itself in a sort of middle ground of medium-sized mill values in the north-west midlands in particular (that is, Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire), where quite high-valued mills occurred fairly frequently.