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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 Dictionary

  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

Freebase

  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.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  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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