Strict settlement

STRICT SETTLEMENT. When lands are settled to the parent for life, and after his death to his first and other sons in tail, and trustees are interposed to preserve the contingent remainders, this is called a strict settlement.

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"This is a pretty strict settlement -- the strictest and largest settlement fine that has ever been brought by the Commerce Department against any violator of export controls," he said.
"This is a pretty strict settlement. The strictest and largest settlement fine that has ever been brought by the Commerce Department against any violator of export controls."
This is not to suggest that strict settlement was without benefit or opportunity for women.
Nodding towards the inaugural 'hideous property' of Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764), Cope reads Clery's definition as representing 'the consequences of a newly airtight regime of primogeniture' (the strict settlement) that dominated inheritance increasingly throughout the century.
It is possible to reconstruct the working presumption that capital gains were still wealth under the trust restrictions of the "strict settlement" of land.
The function of the strict settlement was to keep the large estate intact to be managed by the eldest sons in succession.
By successive statutes of Uses (1535), of Tenures (1660), and finally of Frauds (1677), Parliament had sought to strengthen aristocratic claims to land and to permit its absolute possession by what was termed "strict settlement" (186).
By the late eighteenth century, however, the character of the court's business, like the tough terms of contemporary wills guaranteeing strict settlement, had become freighted with the interests of propertied men.
As part of telling the story of how the heiress-at-law was put down, Spring reevaluates the strict settlement in terms of how it participated in the history of the family.
This work attempts to recast the real property law history of the English family, holding that a major feature of upper-class inheritance from the fourteenth through the eighteenth centuries was the virtual exclusion of females from land-holding through the legal devices of the entail, use, and strict settlement, which nullified the common law rules of inheritance under which 40 per cent of the land would have been held or inherited by females.
In the aftermath of the civil wars of the seventeenth century, most such landowners came to resort to "the strict settlement," the binding legal document that caused proprietors of vast estates to look on them not "as simply another form of property, but as a trust." (p.
In particular, Habakkuk revealed in exquisite detail the workings of the strict settlement, the set of legal arrangements which great landed families used to prevent the sale of and and thus ensure the smooth passage of their estates intact down through the generations.