What is DEMESNE LANDS?

In English law. Those lands of a manor notgranted out in tenancy, but reserved by the lord for his own use and occupation. Landsset apart and appropriated by the lord for his own private use, as for the supply of histable, and the maintenance of his family; the opposite of tenemental lands. Tenancyand demesne, however, were not in every sense the opposites of each other; landsheld for years or at will being included among demesne lands, as well as those in thelord’s actual possession. Spelman ; 2 Bl. Comm. 90.

More On This Topic




Link to This Definition

Did you find this definition of DEMESNE LANDS helpful? You can share it by copying the code below and adding it to your blog or web page.
Written and fact checked by The Law Dictionary