from The Century Dictionary.
- noun See socage, socager.
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It was that land could be held, not under the seigneurial system of the old French regime, but under the Anglo-Saxon right of free and common soccage, where men were freeholders all.
This province they were to hold and possess of the king, his heirs and successors, as of his manor of East Greenwich in Kent, not _in capite_, or by knight's service, but in free and common soccage.
Deputy is instructed to issue a commission to measure off so much of other escheated lands adjoining "as shall be requisite to make up the full number and quantity of three seignories and a-half of tenantable land, without mountains, bogs, or barren heath; To hold for ever in fee-farm, as of the Castle of Carregroghan, in the Co. of Cork, in free soccage and not in capite."
They held the mine, the lake, the river, the forest, and the township in free and common soccage.
The land was held not "in fee simple" with absolute ownership, a concept which was not a part of English law at the time; but it was granted "in free and common soccage" with the holder a tenant of the King with obligations of fealty and of the payment of a quitrent.
Upper Canada the tenures were to be in free and common soccage.
There was one good thing in the Act. The power of commuting the seigniorial or feudal tenure into free and common soccage was given to the censitaire in transactions with the crown.
At Stamford there was a Presbyterian Church, built in 1791, and another church built for the use of all persuasions, a kind of free and common soccage church, in 1795, which was destroyed in the subsequent war.
The draw-bridges are romantic to a degree; and there is a dungeon, that gives one a delightful idea of living in the days of soccage and under such goodly tenures.
There were yet, however, many husbandmen who were not farmers at all: yeomen of soccage tenure, and tenants by copy of court-roll.
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