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HERIOTS, Eng. law. A render of the best beast or other goods, as the custom may be, to the lord, on the death of the tenant. 2 Bl. Com. 97.
     2. They are usually divided into two sorts, heriot service, and heriot custom; the former are such as are due upon a special reservation in the grant or lease of lands, and therefore amount to little more than a mere rent; the latter arise upon no special reservation whatsoever, but depend merely upon immemorial usage and custom. These are defined to be a customary tribute of goods and chattels, payable to the lord of the fee, on the decease of the owner of the land. 2 Bl. Com. 422. Vide Com. Dig. Copyhold, K 18; Bac. Ab. h.t.; 2 Saund. Index, h.t.; 1 Vern. 441.

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The Eaglesham team landed 18 trout on the night, just beating Heriots by two fish.
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Heriots took full advantage by surging in front with a brilliant try by Keenan.
Referee Jim Fleming then awarded Heriots a penalty try after the County front-row tried to collapse a scrum.
Muir assistant coach Sean Lineen was the first to congratulate Heriots.
Heriots director Fraser Dall said: "We'll open the champagne when we're absolutely home and dry, but this was a very clinical display so soon after losing to Muir in the Cup.
The big Heriots skipper was at the centre of ugly scenes minutes later, as the tension got to both camps.
His delaying tactics infuriated Stewart Bennet who aimed a punch at the Heriots man.