couple

1) In contexts where sheep are listed, a ‘couple’ was a ewe and a lamb.

1563 Item xiij cowples 39s. Item 13 gelde yows 26s, Birstwith

1575 29 cowples of ewes and lambes, Birstwith. Included in ‘gates’ on Bordley Mastiles were: 1753 15 Cattle gates Ł7 10s

30 couple gates Ł4 10 - that is to say for ewes and lambs in the stinted pasture called Bordley Mastiles.

spellings couple gate coupling
dates 1563 1575 1753

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