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On the death of a freeholder his land was divided amongst his sons equally, according to what is called "the custom of gavelkind."Is Ulster Right?|Anonymous
Gavelkind may be derived from gabel, a fork or branch, and the word is used in Ireland as well as in Kent.The English Village Community|Frederic Seebohm
It is taken from notes to the third edition of Robinson's valuable work on Gavelkind, p. 391.
It is more correctly described as socage tenure, subject to the custom of gavelkind.
The gavelkind or tributary tenure there was subjected to equal partition among the heirs.Villainage in England|Paul Vinogradoff