E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
for land surveying, is so named from Edmund Gunter, its inventor (15811626). It is sixty-six feet long, and divided into one hundred links. As ten square chains make an acre, it follows that an acre contains 100,000 square links.
According to Gunter. According to measurement by Gunters chain.