Definition of ancient demesne in English:

ancient demesne

Line breaks: an|cient de|mesne


[mass noun]
Land recorded in Domesday Book as belonging to the Crown.
More example sentences
  • Alsop, which had been an ancient demesne of the crown, was granted to William de Ferrers, Earl of Derby.
  • For many centuries individual entries from Domesday were copied as evidence of ancient demesne and land title.
  • There is much that is of interest in ancient demesne procedure and some points that are not yet clear, but it is clearly accepted as outside common-law jurisdiction.

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