Heriot

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Heriot (Eng. Law) Formerly, a payment or tribute of arms or military accouterments, or the best beast, or chattel, due to the lord on the death of a tenant; in modern use, a customary tribute of goods or chattels to the lord of the fee, paid on the decease of a tenant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n heriot In English law, a feudal service, tribute, or fine, as the best beast or other chattel, payable to the lord of the fee on the decease of the owner, landholder, or vassal. Originally the heriot consisted of military furniture, or of horses aud arms, which went to equip the vassal's successor. Heriots from freeholders are now rare, but heriots from copyholders are not so. The distinction between heriot and relief is that the former implies the immediate succession of the heir, who pays the heriot in recognition of his having succeeded, and the latter is paid in recognition of the fact that the lord has recovered his ownership, but has consented to make, as it were, a new concession to the heir. Compare farleu.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Heriot her′i-ot (Eng. law) a kind of fine due to the lord of a manor on the death of a person holding land of the manor, and consisting of the best beast, jewel, or chattel that belonged to the deceased
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. heregeatu, military equipment, heriot; here, army + geatwe, pl., arms, equipments
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. heregeatu, a military preparation—here, an army, geatwe, apparatus.

Usage

In literature:

Heriot Walkingshaw had more at stake than mere existence.
"The Prodigal Father" by J. Storer Clouston
And I told Vida about the Heriots trying to marry Hermione to that old Colonel Redding.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
I was present in Heriot's Gardens when he made an ascension there in October '85.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
You are an inhabitant of Edinburgh, and have a house in the Circus, or Heriot Row, or Abercromby Place, or Queen Street.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
Isabel Heriot was maid of all work to the minister at Preston.
"Witch Stories" by E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
Nor did the Heriot Trust neglect the claims of technical and higher education.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10" by Various
Is it true, Dr. Heriot, that I can be of any service to you?
"Heriot's Choice" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Heriot," said his friend, "what are you doing in London?
"Literary Byways" by William Andrews
Heriot was uniformly unfortunate in his relations with the governors of the colony.
"The History of the Post Office in British North America" by William Smith
When Dick understood what heriot meant he would not do it.
"Notwithstanding" by Mary Cholmondeley
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In poetry:

Eager slaves, a willing heriot,
O'er their brethren's living road
Drive him in his golden chariot,
Quickened by his golden goad.
"The Factory Town" by Ernest Jones
Friends of humanity, of high and low degree,
I pray ye all come listen to me;
And truly I will relate to ye,
The tragic fate of the Rev. Alexander Heriot Mackonochie.
"The Tragic Death of the Rev. A.H. Mackonochie" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

(Source: Murray Roberts/Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh).
Ali Danesh, Institute of Petrolum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, Scotland, U.K.
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In science:

This research was initiated during the second author’s visit to the Heriot-Watt University.
On the Limit Law of a Random Walk Conditioned to Reach a High Level
The warm welcome of the Department of the Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics at the Heriot-Watt University and the support of the European Commission under the Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship Programme are gratefully acknowledged.
On the Limit Law of a Random Walk Conditioned to Reach a High Level
This research was initiated during the second author’s visit to the Heriot-Watt University.
On the Limit Law of a Random Walk Conditioned to Reach a High Level
The warm welcome of the Department of the Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics at the Heriot-Watt University and the support of the European Commission under the Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship Programme are gratefully acknowledged.
On the Limit Law of a Random Walk Conditioned to Reach a High Level
School of Mathematics and Computer Sciences and the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS, Scotland, UK. E-mail: S.
On Sums of Conditionally Independent Subexponential Random Variables
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