- the system among various Celtic tribes of choosing a tanist.
Origin of tanistry
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Examples from the Web for tanistry
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)
The customs of "gavelkinde" and "tanistry" were attended with the same absurdity in the distribution of property.
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