merchet

In medieval England, payment made by a villein to his lord as compensation if his daughter married outside the manor, if his son was educated, or if he sold some of his livestock. Payment of merchet...
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Merchet

• (n.) In old English and in Scots law, a fine paid to the lord of the soil by a tenant upon the marriage of one the tenant`s daughters.
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Merchet

A merchet was a fine paid on a marriage during the Middle Ages in England. The word derives from the plural form of daughter, merched, in old Welsh. A peasant would pay a merchet to his lord upon the marriage of a woman. The justification for this was that when a woman married, her lord was losing a worker. Usually the bride`s father would pay, a....
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