Gilbert de Segrave held the manor of Cotes in socage of the king "by paying yearly one bersethrigumnue."
New conditions of holding superior to that of "socage" were introduced.
The socage land of a free sokeman goes by its ancient custom before the Norman Conquest.
Thus, relief and heriot will still be paid for land in socage.
As they claim as joint-heirs or parceners, the land must have been subject to partibility, and therefore of socage tenure.
The lawyer of to-day will answer, "He is one who held land by 'socage,' tenure."
It is a stepping-stone from villainage to socage, or rather to socman's tenure.
Nor will we have the custody of such fee farm, socage, or burgage unless such fee farm owe knight's service.
The essential principle of socage tenure is rent in lieu of services.
A person having land in socage or fee simple may will and devise his land by will or testament in writing.