What is DOWER AD OSTIUM ECCLESIAE?

Dower at the church door or porch. An ancient kind ofdower in England, where a man. (being tenant in fee-simple, of full age,) openly at thechurch door, where all marriages were formerly celebrated, after affiance made andtroth plighted between them, endowed his wife with the whole of his lands, or suchquantity as he pleased, at the same time specifying and ascertaining the same. Litt.

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