from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A witnessing; a bearing witness; witness.
- noun A giving by will.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete A witnessing or witness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The action of a
testatorin disposing of property by a will
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However, eldest sons were not always favored in testation practices.
Anything called “freedom of testation” just has to be protected by the right to privacy, btw.
In England, at least testation of land was restricted until the Statute of Wills in1540.
Aside from a variance in inheritance traditions, the most discernible ethnic difference in testation practices on the southern Avalon appeared in the status of women in testamentary documents.
The principle of primogeniture was often tempered by concerns for the support and maintenance of widows and daughters, and a concern for more equitable distribution influenced testation practices.
Note 9: Both Johnson and I see greater flexibility in local testation practices than Cadigan, who sees the inheritance regime as a bulwark of the patriarchal family structure.
On the southern Avalon, as elsewhere in Newfoundland, testation practices were marked by a more equitable distribution of property than that advocated by English common law.
Both English and Irish testators in the area shared a preference for fairly equitable testation practices, with accommodation being made for all family members, albeit with a favoring of sons in terms of primary fishing premises.
Certainly, they were not thrown at the mercy of their children by virtue of exclusionary testation practices — a process described by Nanciellen Davis in the context of nineteenth-century New Brunswick as "patriarchy from the grave."
Johnson notes that women's testation practices in Newfoundland, like men's, followed the customary practice of partible inheritance.