What are patils?

Some articles on patil:

... Patil (Marathi पाटील) (meaning "head" or "chief") is an Indian title or lastname ... The Mughals, Aadils and in the time of Shivaji Maharaj, Patil was the title given to a person who was granted a territory of land ... The Patil was in effect the ruler of the territory, as he was entitled to the collected revenues ...