Show Search Results Show Browse

A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.

Staf(f)man, n. Also: staf(f)e- and -mane. [Staf(f n. 4. Cf. 17th c. Eng. staff-man (once, 1659) a wielder of a staff.] A town officer or constable, charged with maintaining the peace, executing sentences and the like; later, including the execution of offenders.1646 S. Leith Rec. 74 (see Staf(f n. 4 b (3)). 1658–1700 Greyfriars Interments 309.
1660 Edinb. B. Rec. IX 188.
Thomas Herroun … and Richard Jonstoun to be twa ordinarie staffmen … for apprehending of all stranger beggers and vagabounds
1672 Kirkcaldy B. Rec. MS 6 May.
That James Porterfield … be committit to the keiping of the present staffman
1676 S. Leith Rec. 135. 1679 Stirling Common Good 129b.
Ane bed covering to the stafman
1683–4 Stirling B. Rec. II 325.
To the staffman for whipeing one man and tuo women throw the toune
1684 Lauder Notices Affairs II 552.
Monro, hangman of Edinburgh, and Mackeinzie his stafman
1689 Stirling B. Rec. II 335.
To the stafemane for executing ane shoulder
1690 Foulis Acc. Bk. 122.
To the 4 staffmen a day £2 16 s.
1698 Stirling B. Rec. II 342.
To the officers for standing at the cross … till Margaret Graham … was cowed in the head
1698 Stirling B. Rec. II 343.
To the staffman for coweing hir
1701 Foulis Acc. Bk. 293.
To the staffmen kept away the poor folk
1708–9 Stirling B. Rec. II 349.
Money to the staffman … to him as his dews in executing Elspeth Park … For putting ane English strumpett out of toune
1709 Stirling B. Rec. II 349.
For sueping the staffmans lum
1733–4 Stirling B. Rec. II 359.
To them and staffman for burning a book … publicklie

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Stafman n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 9 Dec 2023 <>



Hide Advanced Search

Browse DOST: