It is a stepping-stone from villainage to socage, or rather to socman's tenure.
"The socman of Minstead hath earned an evil name over the country side," he said.
I, the socman, am shorn of my lands that you may snivel Latin and eat bread for which you never did hand's turn.
In the status of the socman, developed from the law of Saxon free-men, there was usually nothing of the kind.
It is chiefly important because it discloses a traditional element in the formation of the socman's tenure.
Further, we see that the socman's tenure is distinguished from free tenure, socmen from freeholders.
Was John de Boneya a socman bound to attend personally, or a hundredor, a hereditary representative of the village of Stocke?
The same traditional element appears in other cases in which the special position of the socman is not concerned.