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HERITABLE JURISDICTIONS

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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 364 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HERITABLE JURISDICTIONS, in the law of Scotland, grants of jurisdiction made to a man and his heirs. They were a usual accompaniment to feudal tenures, and the power which they conferred on great families, being recognized as a source of danger to the state, led to frequent attempts being made by statute to restrict them, both before and after the Union. They were all abolished in '1746.
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