Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A domestic court in old English manors for redressing misdemeanors, etc., in the manor, and for settling tenants' disputes. It consisted of the freemen or freehold tenants of the manor, presided over by the lord or his steward. It had also some administrative powers, succeeding within its limits to the powers of the former court of the hundred. Also baron-court, freeholders' court, manorial court.
- n. law, historical An inferior court of civil jurisdiction, attached to a manor, and held by the steward; a baron's court.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) An inferior court of civil jurisdiction, attached to a manor, and held by the steward; a baron's court; -- now fallen into disuse.
“A court-leet and view of frank pledge used to be held half-yearly at Easter and Michaelmas, and a court-baron in May.”
“Page 21 their own justice or preserved the Proprietors 'peace; even the Assembly was a kind of court-baron to consider the welfare of the colony.”
“Conditions for Plantations," August 8, 1636, after providing liberally for all who brought emigrants to the colony, he directed that every one thousand acres or greater quantity so given to any adventurer "should be erected into a manor with a court-baron and court-leet to be from time to time held within every such manor respectively.”
“This property was held under the manor of Rowington: the transfer took place at the court-baron of the manor; and it appears that the Poet was not present at the time; there being a proviso, that the property should remain in the hands of the Lady of the manor till the purchaser had done suit and service in the court.”
“It was a quaint old structure, and the court-leet and court-baron held sittings in it.”
“She could not tell Miss Crawford that "those woods belonged to Sotherton," she could not carelessly observe that "she believed that it was now all Mr. Rushworth's property on each side of the road," without elation of heart; and it was a pleasure to increase with their approach to the capital freehold mansion, and ancient manorial residence of the family, with all its rights of court-leet and court-baron.”
“Malta (mol'ta), a rocky fortified island belonging to Great Britain, and situated in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily. manacles (man'a-k'lz), chains for the hand or wrist. mandate (man'dat), command. manifest (man'i-fest), known. manifestation (man'i-fes-ta'shun), sign. manifold (man'i-fold), many in number. manoeuvre (ma-noo'ver), a skillful movement with a certain aim or plan. manor (man'er), a district over which a feudal lord ruled subject to the commands of his court-baron or lord.”
“But from here on in, you may sign yourself as a court-baron! ”
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