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burgage

[bur-gij] /ˈbɜr gɪdʒ/
noun, Law.
1.
(in England) a tenure whereby burgesses or townspeople held lands or tenements of the king or other lord, usually for a fixed money rent.
2.
(in Scotland) tenure directly from the crown of property in royal burghs in return for the service of watching and warding.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English borgage < Anglo-French borgage, burgage or Anglo-Latin burgāgium; see burgh, -age
Related forms
nonburgage, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for burgage

burgage

/ˈbɜːɡɪdʒ/
noun (history)
1.
(in England) tenure of land or tenement in a town or city, which originally involved a fixed money rent
2.
(in Scotland) the tenure of land direct from the crown in Scottish royal burghs in return for watching and warding
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin burgāgium, from burgus, from Old English burg; see borough
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Encyclopedia Article for burgage

in Normandy, England, and Scotland, an ancient form of tenure that applied to property within the boundaries of boroughs, or burghs. In England land or tenements within a borough were held by payment of rent to the king or some other lord; the terms varied in different boroughs. Among English feudal tenures, burgage ranked as a form of socage, the holding of land in return for agricultural or economic services. In Scotland the landlord was always the king; and in feudal times tenures were held in return for military service in the burgh garrison. In Scotland burgage remained a distinctive tenure until modern times, requiring a particular form for the transference of titles until 1874.

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