Heriot

Definition of Heriot

Her´i`ot
n.1.(Eng. Law) 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
(Law) a heriot due by reservation in a grant or lease of lands.
- Spelman. Blackstone.
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