sub-drostdy, noun

Forms:
Formerly also sub-droastdie.
Origin:
EnglishShow more English sub subsidiary, secondary + drostdy.
historical
A secondary magisterial district or office within a drostdy (sense 1).
1827 Reports of Commissioners upon Finances at Cape of G.H. I. 18It has been found necessary to establish Sub-Droastdies, differing in no respect from the constitution of the larger divisions.
1827 G. Thompson Trav. 272Beaufort was created a sub-drostdy only a few years ago, and the village which had arisen in consequence of the establishment of the provincial magistracy, contains about thirty houses.
1835 A. Steedman Wanderings I. 105The district of Graaff Reinet, of which Beaufort is a subdrostdy, covers an extent of country containing more than fifty thousand square miles.
1963 R. Lewcock Early 19th C. Archit. 223The Cape Gazette of 14 February 1825 announced the dissolution of the sub-drostdy of Cradock and its removal to ‘Bruintjes Hooghte on the spot heretofore known as the Somerset Farm’.
A secondary magisterial district or office within a drostdy (sense 1).
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