- a tenure of land held by the tenant in performance of specified services or by payment of rent, and not requiring military service.
Origin of socage
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Examples from the Web for socage
New conditions of holding superior to that of "socage" were introduced.The Danes in Lancashire and Yorkshire
S. W. Partington
A third part he divided among husbandmen, to hold of him in socage.Landholding In England
But did any hold of the king in socage, except on his demesne lands?
It is a stepping-stone from villainage to socage, or rather to socman's tenure.
It speaks of three species of socage—free, ancient demesne, and base.
- English legal history the tenure of land by certain services, esp of an agricultural nature
- English law the freehold tenure of land
C14: from Anglo-French, from soc soke
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