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borough-English

borough-English, a custom of inheritance in parts of England whereby land passed typically to the youngest son in preference to his older brothers. Of Anglo-Saxon origin, the custom was abolished by law in 1925. For alternative systems of inheritance in England see gavelkind and primogeniture.

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  • primogeniture - primogeniture primogeniture, in law, the rule of inheritance whereby land descends to the oldest ...
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