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- noun Plural form of
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Under ordinary circumstances the investigation of the title to an estate involves the examination of every document relating thereto for a period of forty years, and the distribution of the purchase-money amongst the head renters, mortgagees, and other encumbrancers, who, in addition to the landlord, are found to be interested in the ownership of almost every Irish estate.
The landlord may sell this privilege, and possibly by means of this power of sale may be able to put pressure on his encumbrancers to reduce their claims in order to obtain immediate payment.
At all ewents, he has been much on the forecastle lately, endeavouring to persuade the people that _they_ retook the ship, and that the passengers were so many encumbrancers in the affair. "
Although the law protects innocent purchasers and encumbrancers, "that protection extends only to those who obtained good legal title.