from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A form of tenure, in ancient Scotland and Ireland, whereby succession was passed to an elected member of the same extended family.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In Ireland, a tenure of family lands by which the proprietor had only a life estate, to which he was admitted by election.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mode of tenure that prevailed among various Celtic tribes, according to which the tanist, or holder of honors and lands, held them only for life, and his successor was fixed by election.
Maybe the Pictish armour bearers often were nephews as well, and in case tanistry came into play - another thing that has been assumed for the Picts though it cannot be proven - a grown, and perhaps educated successor in the female line would have been prefered to a boy in direct line.
Perhaps this implies a system of tanistry, with preference given to candidates drawn from the female line?
The English title carried with it, according to English law, the principle of hereditary succession; but when the first earl died, the clan of O'Neil refused to adopt the English practice, and, according to the Irish principle of tanistry, chose as his successor the member of the house for whom they had the highest regard.
It is permissible to think that this conception (related to the conception of tanistry) played an important part in the life of the period; but research has not yet been directed that way.
McMahon, the chief of Monaghan, had surrendered his lands, held previously by tanistry, and had received a new grant of them under the broad seal of England, to himself and his heirs male, and failing such heirs to his brother Hugh.
The law of succession, called _tanaisteacht_, or tanistry, is one of the most peculiar of the Brehon laws.
The customs of "gavelkinde" and "tanistry" were attended with the same absurdity in the distribution of property.
The early Norman and English settlers denounced the tanistry system as barbarous and uncivilized, and acted towards it in the same manner as the English of recent times have acted towards the Hindoo and New Zealand land systems.
Perhaps the author's silence might proceed from his doubts on the sub - ject See further the case of tanistry, Dav.