Definition of Heriot

1. n. Formerly, a payment or tribute of arms or military accouterments, or the best beast, or chattel, due to the lord on the death of a tenant; in modern use, a customary tribute of goods or chattels to the lord of the fee, paid on the decease of a tenant.



Definition of Heriot

1. Noun. (obsolete) the return of military equipment ¹

2. Noun. (archaic) a payment made to a lord on the death of a tenant ¹

3. Noun. (dated) a tribute ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Heriot

1. a feudal tribute or payment [n -S]

Medical Definition of Heriot

1. Formerly, a payment or tribute of arms or military accouterments, or the best beast, or chattel, due to the lord on the death of a tenant; in modern use, a customary tribute of goods or chattels to the lord of the fee, paid on the decease of a tenant. Heriot custom, a heriot depending on usage. Heriot service, a heriot due by reservation in a grant or lease of lands. Origin: AS. Heregeatu military equipment, heriot; here army + geatwe, pl, arms, equipments. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Heriot

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Literary usage of Heriot

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1. Burgage Tenure in Mediaeval England by Morley de Wolf Hemmeon (1914)
"heriot Closely connected with relief is heriot, here to be used with its strictly burghal meaning, ' some sort of arms,' a military chattel in one sense, ..."

2. A Treatise on Copyhold, Customary Freehold, and Ancient Demesne Tenure: With by John Scriven, Henry Stalman (1846)
"With the exception of heriot service, of which the author has already taken some notice, the only heriot recognized by the ancient law of this kingdom, ..."

3. The History of English Law Before the Time of Edward I by Frederick Pollock, Frederic William Maitland (1899)
"We may guess that in the heriot of the later middle ages no less than four ... But at any rate in course of time the heriot is separated from the relief. ..."

4. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen by Robert Chambers, Thomas Thomson (1870)
"George heriot, senior, was a goldsmith in Edinburgh, and a person of wealth ... Master heriot was admitted a member of the incorporation of goldsmiths on ..."

5. A Digest of the Laws of England by Anthony Hammond, John Comyns (1825)
"heriot is the best beast or other thing, due to the lord upon the death or alienation of ... heriot-service is due only upon the death of a tenant in fee. ..."

6. Ruling Cases by Irving Browne, Leonard Augustus Jones, James Tower Keen, Edward Manson, John Melville Gould (1898)
"B. 60,. be proved that a heriot was due by the custom of the manor, such heriot must be a customary heriot, and, being a customary heriot, only applies to ..."

7. The Publications of the Selden Society by Selden Society (1906)
"5, with heavy heriot and relief from 1221 ; and there were in London similar customary tenants, paid none from bur- rights under the name of ..."

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