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  1. tanistry(Noun)

    A former form of tenure, in Scotland and Ireland, in which land was held for life and then passed to an elected member of the same family

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Tanistry(noun)

    in Ireland, a tenure of family lands by which the proprietor had only a life estate, to which he was admitted by election

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  1. Tanistry

    Tanistry was a Gaelic system for passing on titles and lands. In this system the Tanist was the office of heir-apparent, or second-in-command, among the Gaelic patrilineal dynasties of Ireland, Scotland and Man, to succeed to the chieftainship or to the kingship.

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  1. Tanistry

    a method of tenure which prevailed among the Gaelic Celts; according to this custom succession, whether in office or land, was determined by the family as a whole, who on the death of one holder elected another from its number; the practice was designed probably to prevent family estates falling into the hands of an incompetent or worthless heir.


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