Tanistry Tan"ist*ry, n. [See {Tanist}.] In Ireland, a tenure of family lands by which the proprietor had only a life estate, to which he was admitted by election. [1913 Webster]

Note: The primitive intention seems to have been that the inheritance should descend to the oldest or most worthy of the blood and name of the deceased. This was, in reality, giving it to the strongest; and the practice often occasioned bloody feuds in families, for which reason it was abolished under James I. [1913 Webster]

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  • Tanistry — was a system for passing on titles and lands. In this system the Tanist (Irish Tánaiste ; Scottish Gaelic Tànaiste ; Manx Tanishtagh ) was the office of heir apparent, or second in command, among the (royal) Gaelic patrilineal dynasties of… …   Wikipedia

  • Tanistry — (gäl. Tànaisteachd [ˈt̪ʰaːn̪ˠaʃtʃʲaxt̪], ir. Táinste [ˈt̪ˠaːnʲɕtʲə], Manx Tanishtagh [ˈtanʲɪʃtəx], deutsch Thanwahl, Anführerwahl oder Wahl des designierten Thronerbens/Nachfolgers, abgeleitet von gälisch tana (Herrschaft) und an tanaise… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Tanistry — Árbol genealógico de los primeros reyes escoceses. El tanistry era un sistema para heredar títulos y tierras. En este sistema, el tanista (irlandés Tánaiste; gaélico escocés Tànaiste; manx Tanishtagh) era el presunto heredero del monarca en… …   Wikipedia Español

  • tanistry — /tan euh stree, thaw neuh /, n. the system among various Celtic tribes of choosing a tanist. [1590 1600; TANIST + RY] * * * ▪ Celtic government       a custom among various Celtic tribes notably in Scotland and Ireland by which the king or chief… …   Universalium

  • Tanistry — Tanistrie La tanistrie est une loi de succession coutumière qui fut pratiquée sous une forme ou sous une autre par certains groupes celtes et pictes. Suivant cette coutume, le successeur d’un roi ou d’un chef de clan doit être choisi parmi sa… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • tanistry — noun A former form of tenure, in Scotland and Ireland, in which land was held for life and then passed to an elected member of the same family …   Wiktionary

  • TANISTRY —    a method of tenure which prevailed among the Gaelic Celts; according to this custom succession, whether in office or land, was determined by the family as a whole, who on the death of one holder elected another from its number; the practice… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • tanistry — tan·ist·ry …   English syllables

  • tanistry — /ˈtænəstri/ (say tanuhstree) noun the system among various Celtic tribes of choosing a tanist …   Australian English dictionary

  • tanistry — /tsnastriy/06n°/ In old Irish law, a species of tenure, founded on ancient usage, which allotted the inheritance of lands, castles, etc., to the oldest and worthiest man of the deceased s name and blood. It was abolished in the reign of James I …   Black's law dictionary

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