The Term ''Husbandman'' was a Medieval Classification to describe a ''free'' Tenant Farmer. Ranked below a ''Yeoman'', the link of Husband was seen as ''Master of A House'' or ''Spouse''. As such He was ''Master'' of His lands. The Class could also be used to identify a Knight or Esquires (so long as they owned their own land and were not themselves Vassal to a Lord or King). The Class was first mentioned around the 15th Century AD in England in contemporary taxation records. Later, Husbandman was also linked to ''Animal Husbandry'' or a simple Rancher (of Farm and Work animals).