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defective titles

defective titles  

A Commission for Defective Titles was first issued by James I in 1606 to enable his subjects ‘to quietly and privately enjoy their private estates and possessions’. The main object ...
escheator

escheator  

The royal official responsible for lands which came into the king's hands on a temporary basis, by reason of forfeiture, minority of the heirs of a tenant‐in‐chief (see wardship), or ...
land tenure

land tenure  

Land could be held in a number of ways. Theoretically all land was owned ultimately by the crown, but most of it has been ‘sold’ to private individuals or public ...

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