- (in England) a tenure whereby burgesses or townspeople held lands or tenements of the king or other lord, usually for a fixed money rent.
- (in Scotland) tenure directly from the crown of property in royal burghs in return for the service of watching and warding.
Origin of burgage
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Examples from the Web for burgage
It was called a borough in 1461, when there are also traces of burgage tenure.
Burgage is the system by which land is held in royal boroughs.
The defendant had rejected the vote offered by the plaintiff, he claiming the right as a burgage tenant.
Nor will we have the custody of such fee farm, socage, or burgage unless such fee farm owe knight's service.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.
S. A. Reilly
Thus tenure at a money rent would become the typical tenure of a burgage tenement.Domesday Book and Beyond
Frederic William Maitland
- (in England) tenure of land or tenement in a town or city, which originally involved a fixed money rent
- (in Scotland) the tenure of land direct from the crown in Scottish royal burghs in return for watching and warding
C14: from Medieval Latin burgāgium, from burgus, from Old English burg; see borough