E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
An offering given to the priest at Whitsuntide, according to the number of chimneys in his parish.
The Bishop of Elie hath out of everie parish in Cambridgeshire a certain tribute called smokefarthings, which the churchwardens do levie according to the number of chimneys that be in a parish.MSS. Baker, xxxix. 326.