- a feudal service or tribute, originally of borrowed military equipment and later of a chattel, due to the lord on the death of a tenant.
Origin of heriot
Examples from the Web for heriot
The heriot of a virgate was generally an ox, or money payment of its value.The Enclosures in England
They couldna mak' my legs gude i' the infairmary, but I'm gangin' to Heriot's.Greyfriars Bobby
So with emphasis Miss Heriot repeated, 'Perfectly revolting!'
Mrs. Heriot went to her and laid her hand on the girl's shoulder.
According to Strachey, Heriot could speak the native language.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
- (in medieval England) a death duty paid by villeins and free tenants to their lord, often consisting of the dead man's best beast or chattel
Word Origin and History for heriot
Old English here-geatwe (plural) "military equipment, army-gear," from here "army" (see harry). An Anglo-Saxon service of weapons, loaned by the lord to his retainer and repayable to him upon the retainer's death; transferred by 13c. to a feudal due upon the death of a tenant, payable to his lord in beasts.