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 gavel2 + Old English gecynd, kind; see kind2.