RANGER. A sworn officer of a forest, appointed by the king's letters patent, whose business is to walk daily through his charge, to drive back the wild beasts out of the purlieus, or disafforested places, into forested lands, and to present all trespasses done in his bailiwick, at the next court held for the forest. It is also used for the chief officer of the royal parks near the metropolis, from whom no such duties are required.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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