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A tenure in England and Scotland under which property of the king or a lord in a town was held in return for a yearly rent or the rendering of a service.

[Middle English, from Old French bourgage, from Medieval Latin burgāgium, from Late Latin burgus, fortified town, of Germanic origin; see burgess.]
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1. (Historical Terms) (in England) tenure of land or tenement in a town or city, which originally involved a fixed money rent
2. (Historical Terms) (in Scotland) the tenure of land direct from the crown in Scottish royal burghs in return for watching and warding
[C14: from Medieval Latin burgāgium, from burgus, from Old English burg; see borough]
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(ˈbɜr gɪdʒ)

(formerly, in England) tenure of crown or feudal property for a fixed rent or the service of guardianship.
[1250–1300; Middle English borgage < Anglo-French borgage, burgage; see burgh, -age]
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British, Obsolete, a form of land tenure under which land was held in return for payment of a fixed sum of money in rent or for rendering of service. Also called socage.
See also: Land, Property and Ownership
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Harry refuses to change "leathern apron for a knight's girdle, and burgage tenement for an hundred-pound-land" (Scott 1907: 662), marries Catherine and lives happily ever after in his own state.
The teenager, formerly of Burgage Drive, Tain, pleaded guilty to seven separate driving offences, all involving driving without a licence or insurance.
TABLE 1 PARLIAMENTARY AND INCORPORATED BOROUGHS IN ENGLAND 1790-1820(*) Type of Franchise Parliamentary Incorporated Boroughs Boroughs Freeman 91 91 Scot-and-Lot 37 23 Corporation 25 25 Burgage 30 12 Pot walloper 13 5 Freehold 7 1 Total 203 156 (*) Source: R.
[72.sup.v]: Thomas Burgage; then John Blowe, who was given it by Thomas Burgage.
Women of higher social or economic status had other options, and a few, such as widows holding property to which the vote belonged under burgage tenure, may actually have voted in national elections.
Pearson): you can, for example, readily trace the neglected Lee sisters' neglected Canterbury Tales as a source for Werner, or lawsuits 'in re tenures burgage', or the extraordinary range of birds (even 'noddies') and animals (horses get a separate entry) in Byron's work.
The layout of the town in the present day shows that originally the town was made up of 46 burgage plots which were separated by a few small lanes which have developed to be Church Street, Union Street and Station Street.
These buildings occupy medieval burgage plots, rare survivals in Newcastle, and retain considerable amounts of early fabric behind later facades.
The tower was to be made up of narrow slivers articulated together, which were meant to reflect the medieval land subdivision known as burgage plots.
Kerry & principal place of business at unit 9, Hazelwood Centre, Glanmire, Cork & (d)TDR Consultancy Ltd having its registered office & principal place of business at 21 Burgage Green, Newcastle, Co.
The first street recorded in the emerging town of Birmingham is Edgbastone Strete (Edgbaston Street) mentioned in a deed in 1347; and in 1449 Roger Cutte of Erdington granted to John and Juliane Knocks of Birmingham a burgage and butcher's shop in the same street.