Borough english

borough-English

[bur-oh-ing-glish or, often, -lish, buhr-]
noun
(formerly, in some parts of England) a custom by which the youngest son inherited the entire estate upon the death of his father.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English

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n
English law primogeniture Compare gavelkind (until 1925) a custom in certain English boroughs whereby the youngest son inherited land to the exclusion of his older brothers
 
[C14: from Anglo-French tenure en burgh Engloys tenure in an English borough; so called because the custom was unknown in France]

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