Ancient demesne


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ancient demesne (Eng. Law) a tenure by which all manors belonging to the crown, in the reign of William the Conqueror, were held. The numbers, names, etc., of these were all entered in a book called Domesday Book.
    • Ancient demesne (Eng. Law) See under Ancient.
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In literature:

The ancient demesnes of the crown consisted of fourteen hundred and twenty-two manors.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 5" by Various
But the qualification is meaningless; the right of ancient demesne tenants was quite different, as we shall see by-and-by.
"Villainage in England" by Paul Vinogradoff
Land held in ancient demesne is sometimes also called customary freehold.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 10" by Various