Primer seisin

The claim of a lord to hold an estate after the death of its tenant until the heir had paid an appropriate *relief. Primer seisin was one of the *feudal incidents. If there was no heir, the land would *escheat to the lord. -
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  • primer seisin — ˈprimə(r), īmə(r) noun Etymology: Middle English primer cession, primer season, from primer (II) + cession, season, alteration of seisine seisin more at seisin : a right of the crown to exact from the heir of a tenant in capite seised of a knight …   Useful english dictionary

  • primer seisin — A feudal burden, only incident to the king s tenants in capite and not to those who held of inferior or mesne lords. It was a right which the king had, when any of his tenants in capite died seised of a knight s fee, to receive of the heir,… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Seisin — is the possession of such an estate in land as was anciently thought worthy to be held by a free man. (Williams, On Seisin , p. 2)EtymologySeisin comes from Middle English saysen , seysen , in the legal sense of to put in possession of, or to… …   Wikipedia

  • seisin — /siyzan/ Possession of real property under claim of freehold estate. The completion of the feudal investiture, by which the tenant was admitted into the feud, and performed the rights of homage and fealty. Possession with an intent on the part of …   Black's law dictionary

  • Escheat — is a common law doctrine that operates to ensure that property is not left in limbo and ownerless. It originally referred to a number of situations where a legal interest in land was destroyed by operation of law, so that the ownership of the… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Acts of Parliament of the English Parliament to 1601 — This is a list of Acts of Parliament of the English Parliament during that body s existence prior to the Act of Union of 1707. For legislation passed after 1707 see List of Acts of Parliament of the United Kingdom Parliament.The numbers after the …   Wikipedia

  • Escheat — The reversion of land to a lord on the death of a tenant without heir. Ranulf de *Glanville was clear: The ultimate heir of any person is his lord. Land might also revert through felony or *treason, e.g. when a *tenant in chief was *attainted.… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Feudal incidents — Modern term for the various obligations of a man who held land by knight service. These incidents provided a large part of any lord s income, great or small. Cf. Aids; Contenement; Primer seisin; Relief …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • first fruits — In English ecclesiastical law, the first year s whole profits of every benefice or spiritual living, anciently paid by the incumbent to the pope, but afterwards transferred to the fund called Queen Anne s Bounty, for increasing the revenue from… …   Black's law dictionary

  • inquisitio — /irjkw3zish(iy)ow/ In old English law, an inquisition or inquest. @ inquisitio post mortem an inquisition after death. An inquest of office held, during the continuance of the military tenures, upon the death of every one of the king s tenants,… …   Black's law dictionary

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