the system among various Celtic tribes of choosing a tanist.
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How to use tanistry in a sentence
tanistry continued in force there until the beginning of the last century.
The law of succession, called tanaisteacht, or tanistry, is one of the most peculiar of the Brehon laws.An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 | Mary Frances Cusack
Freehold and leasehold, primogeniture and entail, took the place of tribal ownership and tanistry.Irish History and the Irish Question | Goldwin Smith
The customs of "gavelkinde" and "tanistry" were attended with the same absurdity in the distribution of property.
Notwithstanding the above decision, it is probable that a description of tanistry and gavelkind does not exhaust the subject.Ireland under the Tudors, Volume I (of II) | Richard Bagwell