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Scots Law

Definition of feu in English:


1A perpetual lease at a fixed rent.
Example sentences
  • We know about Pitmunie because of the archaeological work of Henry Hamilton in the 1930s, and records of leases and feus.
  • A feu, in short, was a perpetual lease - a feu-farm, as it was often called - by which the tenant became bound to pay a substantial consideration.
1.1A piece of land held by a feu lease.
Example sentences
  • The feudal system and the feu disposition (the actual document which transfers ownership of the land from a superior to a purchaser) has been a useful tool for property developers in both the public and private sectors.
  • Reformation enabled tenants to buy for a steep price feu charters which apart from a small ongoing feu duty bestowed virtual ownership.

verb (feus, feuing, feued)

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Grant (land) on a feu ease.
Example sentences
  • The trustees' decision in 1760 to feu land to the town council, however, opened old wounds and was no formality.
  • In 1551, for financial reasons, Aberdeen applied to Mary Queen of Scots and was granted the right to feu these lands.


Late 15th century (originally denoting a feudal tenure in which an annual payment was made in lieu of military service): from Old French (see fee).

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