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A joint female heir, as to an estate.


(koʊˈɛər ɪs)

a joint heiress.
usage: See -ess.


nMiterbin f (→ to +gen)
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The Vernons were Lords Paramount of Baddiley (Bedilei in Domesday) in the 16th Edward I., and the mesne Lords were the family of Praers of Barthomley, whose descendent and coheiress, Joan Praers, about the time of Richard II married Willian Mainwaring of Peover, and conveyed a moiety of the manor to this family....
Moreover, over the course of the thirteenth century, certain legal developments helped to augment the power of this royal right further still.(63) Both the growth in the king's ability to regulate the division of estates amongst coheiresses,(64) and the expansion of the number of lands held in chief as a consequence of the statute Quia Emptores (1290),(65) meant that, at the start of Edward III's reign, royal feudal rights placed considerable resources at his disposal.
Rather, Margery claimed that Giles had demised the manor to Thomas Verdon for life, so that after his death the right of reversion of that manor and all connected lands was to descend to all four sisters and coheiresses of Giles Badlesmere, namely Margery herself, Elizabeth Bohun, Maud Veer, and John, son of Margaret, late wife of John Tybetot.