Definition of rancelman in English:

rancelman

(also ranselman, ranzelman)

Pronunciation /ˈrɑːns(ə)lmən/ /ˈrans(ə)lmən/

noun

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.

Origin

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