Sentence Examples with the word SOCAGE

Certainty and legal protection were so essential that even villain holdings were treated as villain socage when legal protection was obtainable for it, as was actually the case with the peasants on Ancient demesne who could sue their lords by the little writ of right and the Monstraverunt.

Minors inheriting socage come under the guardianship not of the lord but of the nearest male relative not entitled to succession.

Led to a gradual absorption of socage in the general class of freehold tenures.