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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Riding [of Yorkshire].
Same as trithing in Lincolnshire; the jurisdiction of a third part of a county, under the government of a reeve (sheriff). The word ding or thing is Scandinavian, and means a legislative assembly; hence the great national diet of Norway is still called a stor-thing (great legislative assembly), and its two chambers are the lag-thing (law assembly) and the odels-thing (freeholders’ assembly). Kent was divided into laths, Sussex into rapes, Lincoln into parts. The person who presided over a trithing was called the trithing-man; he who presided in the lath was called a lath-grieve.   1

 Ridicule (Father of).Ridol’phus (in Jerusalem Delivered). 


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