Posted by Hilda on June 05, 2004
Romney Marsh,Kent England."In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries the kings of England established a system of elected Jurats to oversee the 'mainteneance of sea walls and water courses for the common benefit and safety'.
Even today a tax known as a 'scot' is levied from the I habitants of the Marsh who benefit from the public drainage system.
Those who live on the higher ground get off 'scot free'-hence the expression.
Froma book on The Romney Marsh.