- 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
Examples from the Web for socage
Historical Examples of 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 speaks of three species of socage—free, ancient demesne, and base.
It is a stepping-stone from villainage to socage, or rather to socman's tenure.
- English legal history the tenure of land by certain services, esp of an agricultural nature
- English law the freehold tenure of land