What is MORTUARY?

In ecclesiastical law. A burial-place. A kind of ecclesiastical heriot, being a customary gift of the second best living animal belonging to the deceased, claimed by aud due to the minister in many parishes, ou the death of his parishioners, whether buried in the church-yard or not. 2 Bl. Comm. 425. Ayrton v. Abbott, 14 Q. B. 19. It has been sometimes used in a civil as well as in an ecclesiastical sense, and ap- plied to a payment to the lord of the fee. Paroch. Antiq. 470.

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