It is taken from notes to the third edition of Robinson's valuable work on gavelkind, p. 391.
Ordinarily in gavelkind, property was kept in male hands, descending from father to son.
In the Saxon times, land was divided equally among all the male children of the deceased, according to the custom of gavelkind.
This is, in other words, a history of the gavelkind, and other remarkable customs of the County of Kent.
The tenure of gavelkind prevails principally in the County of Kent.
The gavelkind or tributary tenure there was subjected to equal partition among the heirs.
Equal-partition rules, like gavelkind or parage, lead in an exactly opposite direction.
This rule did not apply to lands held in gavelkind in the county of Kent.
gavelkind, descent of property to all the sons alike, the oldest to have the horse and arms and the youngest the homestead.
gavelkind may be derived from gabel, a fork or branch, and the word is used in Ireland as well as in Kent.