Run rig

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Run rig, or runrig, also known as rig-a-rendal, was a system of land tenure practised in Scotland, particularly in the Highlands and islands. The land was divided into touns or townships, comprising an area of cultivable "in-bye" land and a larger area of pasture and rough grazing. The in-bye was divided into strips - "rigs" - which were periodically reassigned among the tenants of the township so that no individual had continuous use of the best land. From the mid-18th century the system was steadily supplanted in Scotland as the in-bye was divided into crofts under fixed tenancy,[1] but run rig survived into the 20th century in some parts of the Hebrides.

In Ireland, a similar system was called rundale. The run rig system of tenure should not be confused with the agricultural practice known as ridge and furrow.

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