Originally, a person put in charge of something; especially, a chief officer, magistrate, or keeper, as of a county, town, hundred, or castle; one to whom powers of custody or care are intrusted.
An overseer or under steward of an estate, who directs husbandry operations, collects rents, etc.
bailie, bailo] Manorial official, overseer of the manor, chosen by the lord. (Gies, Joseph and Francis. Life in a Medieval Castle, 229) Chief representative of a lord on a manor (usually an outsider appointed by the lord). (Bennett, Judith M. Women in the Medieval English Countryside, 234) Related terms: Bailli