Historical in Great Britain, a system of land tenure by which:
- the property of a man dying intestate was divided equally among his sons
- the tenant could dispose of his land by feoffment at the age of fifteen
- the land did not escheat upon the conviction of the tenant as a felon
Origin of gavelkindMiddle English gavelkynde (orig. Kentish) from gavel, tribute, tax, rent ( from Old English gafol from base of giefan: see give) + kynde, kind
An English system of land tenure dating from Anglo-Saxon times and continuing in Kent until 1926, in which land was divided equally among all qualified heirs.
Origin of gavelkindMiddle English gavelkinde Old English gafol gavel ; see gavel 2. Old English gecynd kind ; see kind 2.