Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    An c.ld socage tenure by rent paid in money, services (other than military), or produce; the land held thereby; an estate in land descending to all the sons who could partition their several interests or dispose thereof when fifteen years old. See, also, Irish Gavelkind.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A species of socage tenure common in Kent, in England, where the lands descend to all the sens or heirs of the nearest degree, together; may be disposed of by wlll; do not escheat for felony; may be aliened by the heir at the age of fifteen; and dower and curtesy is given of half the land. Stim. Law Gloss.