Medieval History. land held by a tenant who rendered certain honorable and nonservile duties to his lord.
- Also called free and common socage.
- Compare villein socage.
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It empowered persons possessed of land in free socage to give or devise same for the maintenance of the poor.Landholding In England | Joseph Fisher
Some of them as tenants in free socage may maintain their position; many fall down into the class of tenants in villeinage.Domesday Book and Beyond | Frederic William Maitland
Their tenure was the origin of free socage, common in the thirteenth century, and now the prevailing tenure of land in England.The Danes in Lancashire and Yorkshire | S. W. Partington
A distinction was drawn between "free socage" and "villain socage."The Danes in Lancashire and Yorkshire | S. W. Partington
The feudal tenures of the crown, such as knights' service, were converted into free socage.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed. | S. A. Reilly