ancient demesne


ancient demesne
Manors which in the time of William the Conqueror were in the hands of the crown, and are so recorded in the Domesday
Also, in old English law, a species of copyhold, which differs, however, from common copyholds in certain privileges, but yet must be conveyed by surrender, according to the custom of the manor. There are three sorts:
(1) Where the lands are held freely by the king's grant;
(2) customary freeholds, which are held of a manor in ancient demesne, but not at the lord's will, although they are conveyed by surrender, or deed and admittance;
(3) lands held by copy of court-roll at the lord's will, denominated copyholds of base tenure

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • Ancient demesne — Ancient An cient, a. [OE. auncien, F. ancien, LL. antianus, fr. L. ante before. See {Ante }, pref.] 1. Old; that happened or existed in former times, usually at a great distance of time; belonging to times long past; specifically applied to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ancient demesne — Demesne De*mesne , n. [OE. demeine, demain, rule, demesne, OF. demeine, demaine, demeigne, domaine, power, F. domaine domain, fr. L. dominium property, right of ownership, fr. dominus master, proprietor, owner. See {Dame}, and cf. {Demain},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ancient demesne — noun : demesne held from ancient times; specifically : the demesne belonging to the English crown at the time of the settlement of the Norman Conquest as recorded in the Domesday Book …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ancient Demesne — See: Demesne, Ancient …   Medieval glossary

  • court of ancient demesne — A court held by the king s bailiff for tenants of the king s demesne. Some tenants in ancient demesne had special immunities and favors granted to them, such as to try the right of their property in the court of ancient demesne, by a peculiar… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Court of Ancient Demesne — In English law, a court of peculiar constitution, held by a bailiff appointed by the king, in which alone the tenants of the king s demesne could be impleaded …   Black's law dictionary

  • tenure in ancient demesne — A tenure embracing all those lands or manors, which, though subsequently granted out to private subjects, were actually in the hands of the crown in the time of Edward the Confessor, or William the Conqueror, and are recorded as so being in the… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Demesne — De*mesne , n. [OE. demeine, demain, rule, demesne, OF. demeine, demaine, demeigne, domaine, power, F. domaine domain, fr. L. dominium property, right of ownership, fr. dominus master, proprietor, owner. See {Dame}, and cf. {Demain}, {Domain},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ancient — An cient, a. [OE. auncien, F. ancien, LL. antianus, fr. L. ante before. See {Ante }, pref.] 1. Old; that happened or existed in former times, usually at a great distance of time; belonging to times long past; specifically applied to the times… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ancient lights — Ancient An cient, a. [OE. auncien, F. ancien, LL. antianus, fr. L. ante before. See {Ante }, pref.] 1. Old; that happened or existed in former times, usually at a great distance of time; belonging to times long past; specifically applied to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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