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HERIOT Definition & Legal Meaning

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In.English law. A customary tribute of goods and chattels, payable to thelord of the fee on the decease of the owner of the land.lleriots are divided into heriot scrviee and heriot custom. The former expressiondenotes such as are due upon a special reservation in a grant or lease of lands, andtherefore amount to little more than a mere rent; the latter arise upon no specialreservation whatever, but depend solely upon immemorial usage and custom.2 Bl. Comm. 422; See Adams v. Morse, 51 Me. 501.


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