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- n. Plural form of estover.
- n. An estover, an allowance made from an estate for a person's support.
- n. An allowance or alimony granted to a divorced woman, taken from the husband's estate for her support.
- n. An allowance of wood made to a tenant.
- n. The freedom of a tenant to take necessary wood from the land occupied by that tenant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Necessaries or supplies; an allowance to a person out of an estate or other thing for support; as of wood to a tenant for life, etc., of sustenance to a man confined for felony out of his estate, or alimony to a woman divorced out of her husband's estate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In law: So much of the wood and timber of the premises held by a tenant as may be necessary for fuel, for the use of the tenant and his family, while in possession of the premises, and so much as may be necessary for keeping the buildings and fences thereon in suitable repair. Bingham. See bote, 2 .
- The right which the common law gave a tenant to take such wood.
- In a more general sense, supplies, as alimony for a wife, or supplies for the use of a felon and his family during his imprisonment.
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They were granted 'estovers' - dead wood - for fuel, to repair their homes, fix tools or make charcoal.
And so it is said that under the appellation of estovers, collection of alimony was enforced through writ de estoveriis habendis.
And to make this plainer, if need be, it is added, "If a man grants to one estovers to repair his house, it is appurtenant to his house."
Mr. and Mrs. Scobel were among those dusky figures grouped around the wide firelit hearth, where the piled-up logs testified to the Tempest common of estovers.
That no customary tenant of the said manor can cut, sell, or dispose of any trees growing upon his customary tenement, without the licence of the lord of the said manor, unless for repairs, estovers, and other necessary things to be used upon his customary tenement.
Dean, whereof the Lea Baily and Cannopp to be part of the said wastle, may be enclosed by his Majesty, and discharged for ever from all manner of pasture, estovers, and pannage; and if ever his
If no estovers had been given, none could have been claimed; and whatever the keeper is bound by his covenants to perform, he must do at his own expence.
If no estovers had been given, none could have been claimed; and whatever the keeper is bound by his covenants'to perform, he mu$t do at his own expence.
The ranger cannot cut timber for estovers, without the view of the regarder, even if that offiije is va - cant, where he has taken no steps to get it filled.
The land that is the subject of the grant must be subject, like all other land, to the common rights of tenants for years, among which rights these estovers are.