Cornage

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cornage (Law) An ancient tenure of land, which obliged the tenant to give notice of an invasion by blowing a horn.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cornage An ancient North English tenure of land, which obliged the tenant to give notice of an invasion of the Scots by blowing a horn. By this tenure many persons held their lands in the district adjoining the Picts' wall. This old service was afterward paid in money, and the sheriffs accounted for it under the title of cornagium.
    • n cornage In feudal law, a tax or tribute on horned cattle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cornage korn′āj an ancient tenure of land in the north country, the tenant being bound to blow a horn in case of a Scottish foray.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF., horn-blowing, tax on horned cattle, fr. F. corne, a horn, L. cornu,

Usage

In literature:

Horn tenures, locally known as cornage, were common.
"Bygone Cumberland and Westmorland" by Daniel Scott
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