from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An officer anciently appointed in English counties to look after the escheats of the sovereign and certify them into the treasury.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) An officer whose duty it is to observe what escheats have taken place, and to take charge of them.

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  • noun England and Wales law A royal officer in medieval and early modern England, responsible for taking escheats from deceased subjects.


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  • Meanwhile President Frank Porter Graham presented to the Board in September, 1932, a recommendation for a legislative act requiring all clerks of the court to report to the escheator and that unclaimed freight and bank deposits be also reported to him.

    The History of Escheats

  • The inquisitor-general presided, with aid of six or seven counsellers nominated by the king; and his officers were a fiscal (or quasi prosecuting attorney), two secretaries, a receiver, two relators, a secuestrador (or escheator), and officials.

    Mysticism and its Results Being an Inquiry into the Uses and Abuses of Secrecy

  • No inquiry was made immediately after his death as to the lands of which he died seised; but about eleven months afterwards, a commission was issued to the feodor and deputy-escheator of Oxfordshire, pursuant to which an inquisition was taken on the 11th of April 1633, at

    Celebrated Claimants from Perkin Warbeck to Arthur Orton

  • A feodary, I should observe, was an officer of the Court of Wards, who was joined with the escheator and did not act singly; I conceive therefore that Shakspeare by this expression indicates an associate; one in the same plight as others; negatively, one who does not stand alone.

    Notes and Queries, Number 45, September 7, 1850

  • But the land could not be granted again until the lapse of title was officially declared in the office of the escheator.

    Beginnings of the American People

  • Colonel Byrd was fortunately escheator as well as receiver, and the lapse of his own title was not declared until 1701, when the same tract was immediately repatented to Nathaniel Harrison, who straightway transferred it to his neighbor and very good friend, the original patentee.

    Beginnings of the American People

  • Already wealthy and influential, in 1687 he went to London and secured, through the favor of William Blathwayt, the office of receiver-general of the customs, to which was attached the office of escheator; offices, among the most important in the colony, which he held until his death.

    Beginnings of the American People

  • Two years after his death his son Walter obtained the King's precept to his escheator to hand over the lands of his mother's inheritance to him, and shortly afterwards he secured his father's also.

    Shakespeare's Family

  • Robert Carter writes to [Governor William Gooch,] May 21, 1728, to send by his son Charles a commission for the governor's signature that will renew Carter's post as escheator of the Northern Neck.

    Letter from Robert Carter to [Governor William Gooch,] May 21, 1728

  • IV. bore the office tt of escheator of the counties of Warwick and Leicester.

    Peerage of England, genealogical, biographical, and historical


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