from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person to whom tithes are due; one who owns the right to receive and use the tithes of a parish or locality. In Great Britain many laymen are tithe-owners, through impropriation.


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  • Then again, the difficult task of re-allotting the wastes and open fields in proportion to the rights of the lord of the manor, the tithe-owner, and the parishioners, sometimes furnished an occasion for downright robbery of the poor.

    William Pitt and the Great War

  • English land which had to support the landlord, the tithe-owner, the land agent, the farmer, the labourer, and a large army of paupers, [665] had to compete with land where often one man was owner, farmer, and labourer, with no tithe and no poor rates.

    A Short History of English Agriculture

  • Thus was removed a perpetual source of dispute and antagonism between tithe-payer and tithe-owner.

    A Short History of English Agriculture

  • Sometimes these tithe-barns are very large and long, especially when the tithe-owner was the abbot of some monastery.

    English Villages

  • The first bill was, in fact, a compulsory extension of acts already passed in 1822 and 1823, the former of which had permitted the tithe-owner to lease the tithe to the landlord, while the latter permitted the tithe-owner and tithe-payers of each parish to arrange a composition.

    The Political History of England - Vol XI From Addington's Administration to the close of William IV.'s Reign (1801-1837)

  • Like other proposals for agrarian settlements in Ireland, it involved a certain sacrifice on the part of the tithe-owner for the sake of security, and a subsidy from the state to relieve of arrears the defaulting and rebellious tithe-payers.

    The Political History of England - Vol XI From Addington's Administration to the close of William IV.'s Reign (1801-1837)

  • Attempts are made for thirty years to secure their salaries and raise them a little; in case of their inadequacy the beneficiary, collator or tithe-owner of the parish is required to add to them until the curê obtains 500 livres (1768), then 700 livres (1785), the vicar 200 livres

    The Ancient Regime

  • Nearby, the abbé of Croix-Leufroy, "a heavy tithe-owner, and the abbé de Bernay, who gets fifty-seven thousand livres from his benefice, and who is a non-resident, keep all and scarcely give enough to their officiating curates to keep them alive."

    The Ancient Regime

  • Now, in the then state of agriculture, the tithe-owner and the king appropriate one-half of this net product, when the estate is large, and the whole, if the estate is a small one [5202].

    The Ancient Regime

  • Here is a first lien which must be satisfied beforehand, taking precedence of all others, superior to that of the seignior, to that of the tithe-owner (décimateur), to even that of the king, for it is an indebtedness due to the soil. [

    The Ancient Regime


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