Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tenure in England and Scotland under which property of the king or a lord in a town was held in return for a yearly rent or the rendering of a service.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a medieval tenure in socage under which property in England and Scotland was held under the king or a lord of a town, and was maintained for a yearly rent or for rendering an inferior service (not knight's service) such as watching and warding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tenure by which houses or lands are held of the king or other lord of a borough or city; at a certain yearly rent, or by services relating to trade or handicraft.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law: In England, a tenure in socage, whereby burgesses, citizens, or townsmen hold their lands or tenements of the king or other lord for a certain yearly rent.
  • n. In Scotland, that tenure by which the property in royal burghs is held under the crown, proprietors being liable to the (nominal) service of watching and warding; or, as it is commonly termed, “service of burgh, used and wont.” The property so held.
  • n. A plate having perforations which serve as standards for the diameters of drills, etc.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French bourgage, from Medieval Latin burgāgium, from Late Latin burgus, fortified town, of Germanic origin; see burgess.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In some places (the so-called "scot and lot" boroughs) the suffrage was exercised by all rate-payers; in others, by the holders of particular tenements ( "burgage" franchise); in others (the "potwalloper" (p.  024) boroughs) by all citizens who had hearths of their own; in many, by the municipal corporation, or by the members of a guild, or even by neighboring landholders.

    The Governments of Europe

  • The application site occupies part of the rear of a historic burgage plot.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Stow's deputy major, Tom Morris, says all land between The Square and Well Lane could contain burgage plots.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • He said: The town council is investigating exactly where these burgage plots are.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Cotswold District Council has refused another scheme at nearby Cramond, saying it was also a burgage site.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • The entire burgage was not large, space being valuable within so enclosed a town, in its tight noose of river.

    The Heretic's Apprentice

  • He came to the gate in his own burgage wall, and let himself through into the yard, set the door of his shop open, and made ready for the day's work.

    The Rose Rent

  • Still, there are wickets through here and there, though most of them into burgage gardens, and it would be no easy matter to get through to the streets without the household knowing of it.

    The Rose Rent

  • The burgage of the Vestier family occupied a prominent place at the head of the street called Maerdol, which led downhill to the western bridge.

    The Rose Rent

  • All Susanna's movements were so, she did everything quickly, nothing in apparent haste, but now it did seem to Rannilt's anxious ear that there was something of bridled desperation about the way she took those few sharp paces here and there, about her last housewifely survey in this burgage.

    The Sanctuary Sparrow

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  • Often found between bunnage.

    December 18, 2009