What is MESSUAGE?

This term is now synonymous with “dwelling-house,” but had once a more extended signification. It is frequently used in deeds, in describing the premises. Marmet Co. v. Archibald, 37 W. Va. 778, 17 S. E. 300; Grimes v. Wilson, 4 Blackf. (Ind.) 333; Derby v. Jones, 27 Me. 300; Davis v. Lowden, 50 N. J. Eq. 126, 38 Atl. 648. Although the word “messuage” may, there is no necessity that it must, import more than the word “dwelling-house,” with which word it is frequently put in apposition and used synonymously. 2 Bing. N. C. 017. In Scotland. The principal dwelling- house within a barony. Bell.

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