Tenant-in-capite

In the great chain of feudal allegiance from monarch down to peasant, the tenant-in-chief held his land directly of the king; the Church and earls were all tenants-in-chief. In *DB the tenants-in-chief were listed at the beginning of each county, each being given a separate section. The term *honour is used of all the fiefs held by a tenant, even if in more than one *county. -

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  • Tenant in capite — Tenant Ten ant, n. [F. tenant, p. pr. of tenir to hold. See {Tenable}, and cf. {Lieutenant}.] 1. (Law) One who holds or possesses lands, or other real estate, by any kind of right, whether in fee simple, in common, in severalty, for life, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tenant in capite — or tenant in chief : a feudal tenant holding immediately of his lord and especially of the crown …   Useful english dictionary

  • tenant in capite — See in capite …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Tenant — Ten ant, n. [F. tenant, p. pr. of tenir to hold. See {Tenable}, and cf. {Lieutenant}.] 1. (Law) One who holds or possesses lands, or other real estate, by any kind of right, whether in fee simple, in common, in severalty, for life, for years, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tenant in chief — Tenant Ten ant, n. [F. tenant, p. pr. of tenir to hold. See {Tenable}, and cf. {Lieutenant}.] 1. (Law) One who holds or possesses lands, or other real estate, by any kind of right, whether in fee simple, in common, in severalty, for life, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tenant in common — Tenant Ten ant, n. [F. tenant, p. pr. of tenir to hold. See {Tenable}, and cf. {Lieutenant}.] 1. (Law) One who holds or possesses lands, or other real estate, by any kind of right, whether in fee simple, in common, in severalty, for life, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tenant in chief — see tenant in capite * * * a feudal vassal who holds land directly from the king. Also, tenant in chief. Also called tenant in capite /kap i tee/. [1600 10] …   Useful english dictionary

  • tenant — In the broadest sense, one who holds or possesses lands or tenements by any kind of right or title, whether in fee, for life, for years, at will, or otherwise. In a more restricted sense, one who holds lands of another; one who has the temporary… …   Black's law dictionary

  • tenant in chief — a feudal vassal who holds land directly from the king. Also, tenant in chief. Also called tenant in capite /kap i tee/. [1600 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • Tenant in Chief: — A lord or institution (the Church being most common) holding land directly from the king. All Earls are Tenants in Chief. ♦ A tenant in capite, one who holds land by direct grant from the Crown; one who is a vassal of the king. (Hogue, Arthur R.… …   Medieval glossary

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