It seems to have been tradition for each of the Masters of the Hall of Buckland to be given a sobriquet or informal title. This tradition went back at least as far as Merry Brandybuck's great-great-great-great-grandfather, Gormadoc (whose title was 'Deepdelver'). Each of Gormadoc's heirs and successors bore a similar title.
Merry's father Saradoc, who was Master of Buckland at the time of the War of the Ring, was known as 'Scattergold'. That name is never specifically explained, but it seems to refer to his wealth and presumably also his generosity. Incidentally, Merry himself was given one of these unofficial titles - after the War, he was to become 'Meriadoc the Magnificent'.
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