1) One who avouches or guarantees.

It is generally an uncommon word but it featured more than twenty times in a document of 1631 which recorded the sale of horses at Adwalton horse-fair. By an Act of 1589 no sale was legal without the honesty of the vendor being vouched for by ‘A sufficient and credible person’. Typical of the numerous entries is: 1631 Jerimye Crabtree of Greetland ... clothier sould one fle bitten nagge trots unto Geo. Burnstone of Potter Newton ... price xxxs vjd. Walter Harrison of Ealand avowcher.

places Adwalton
dates 1631

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