What is MARCHETA?

In old Scotch law. A custom for the lord of a fee to lie the first night with the bride of his tenant. Abolished by Malcolm III. Spelman; 2 Bl. Comm. 83. A fine paid by the tenant for the remission of such right, originally a mark or half a mark of silver. Spelman. In old English law. A fine paid for leave to marry, or to bestow a daughter in marriage. Cowell. MARCHIONESS 759 MARISCHAL

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