Definition of rancelman in English:

rancelman

noun

(also ranselman)
historical Scottish
  • A local officer formerly appointed in Orkney and Shetland to investigate thefts and minor offences, and otherwise maintain good order in the district.

Pronunciation

rancelman

/ˈrɑːns(ə)lmən/ /ˈrans(ə)lmən/

Origin

Early 17th century. Origin uncertain. Probably from an unattested Norn compound.