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FOLC-LAND Definition & Legal Meaning

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In Saxon law. Land of the folk or people. Land belonging to the peopleor the public.Folc-land was the property of the community. It might be occupied in common, orpossessed in severalty; and, in the latter case, it was probably parceled out toindividuals in the folc-gemote or court of the district, and the grant sanctioned by thefreemen who were there present. But, while it continued to be folc- land, it could not bealienated in perpetuity; and therefore, on the expiration of the term for which it hadbeen granted, it reverted to the community, and was again distributed by the sameauthority. It was subject to many burdens and exactions from which hoc-land wasexempt. Wharton.

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