- n. Plural form of heriot.
“The good folk are, in fact, the lords of the manor of a bygone age,/minus/the quitrents and heriots, the pack of hounds and the laced coats; full of honor among themselves, and one and all loyally devoted to princes whom they only see at a distance.”
“Another important development of the principle of allegiance is to be found in the custom of heriots.”
“They are seldom found in graves, however, whether owing to the custom of heriots or to the fact that, on account of their relatively high value, they were frequently handed on from generation to generation as heirlooms.”
“HOW NIGEL WAS TRIED BY THE ABBOT OF WAVERLEY The law of the Middle Ages, shrouded as it was in old Norman-French dialect, and abounding in uncouth and incomprehensible terms, in deodands and heriots, in infang and outfang, was a fearsome weapon in the hands of those who knew how to use it.”
“The heriots collected on the death of tenants were more numerous; reliefs paid by their successors on obtaining the land were repeated far more frequently than usual; much land escheated to the lord on the extinction of the families of free tenants, or fell into his hands for redisposal on the failure of descendants of villains or cotters.”
“The law of the Middle Ages, shrouded as it was in old Norman-French dialect, and abounding in uncouth and incomprehensible terms, in deodands and heriots, in infang and outfang, was a fearsome weapon in the hands of those who knew how to use it.”
“Not only did the extraordinary amount paid in heriots and fees make up an aggregate which in itself constituted a very large percentage upon the capital embarked in agriculture, but the extent of land which”
“Here and there, too, we come upon heriots remitted because the heir was so very poor, and here and there fines and fees are cancelled”
“The firft party affigns to the fecond two 'leafe - hold iniberefts, and grants and relcafes a right of common, rents,, heriots, &c.”
Internet Archive: An assistant to the practice of conveyancing; containing indexes or references to the several deeds, agreements, and other assurances comprised in the several precedent books of authority now in print; from the time of Sir Orlando Bridgman to the present period. With short remarks on the distinguishing qualities of each precedent; and cursory observations on the peculiar merit of the conveyancers by whom they were respectively prepared
“S. as bailiff to the defendant, took for goods uken thofc beafts, as for heriots due to the defendant, where there were by wrong, but not any due, and witliout any command from the faid Vifcountefs in trover da - Montague; but that afterwards fhe agreed thereto, and converted”
Internet Archive: Reports of Sir George Croke, knight. Formerly one of the justices of the courts of Kings-bench, and common-pleas, of such select cases as were adjudged in the said courts [1582-1641]
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