You are quite correct.
I believe the herriot payable to the lord on the death of a tenant was probably called a
Message Received: Aug 27 2011, 05:58 PM
From: "Richard Rose"
Subject: [Dyfed] YEOMEN, GENTLEMEN & OTHERS
Anyone still panting for information on copyhold should know that the dead hand of
mortmain was that of a corporation, usually ecclesiastical, which might theoretically grip
landed property for ever. Various statutes over many centuries regulated ownership by such
corporations. Mortmain had nothing to do with the death of a human copyholder.
The Rev. R. H. Barham said it all about Yeomen, Gentlemen and others in 'The Leech of
Folkestone' in his Ingoldsby Legends:
" There, at the head of his well-furnished board, sat Master Thomas Marsh, of Marston
Hall, a yeoman well respected in his degree: one of that sturdy and sterling class which,
taking rank immediately below the Esquire, (a title in its origin purely military,)
occupied, in the wealthier counties, the position in society now filled by the Country
Gentleman. He was one of those of whom the proverb ran:
'A Knight of Cales,
A Gentleman of Wales,
And a Laird of the North Countree:
A Yeoman of Kent,
With his yearly rent,
Will buy them out all three!' "
'Cales', by the way is Cadiz and the reference to a Knight of Cales concerns a set
of shabby knights created by the Earl of Essex when Cadiz was taken in 1595, or
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