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demesne

noun acquest, chattels real, domain, empire, estate, freehold, hereditament, holding, land, landed estate, landed property, manor, one's own land, property, real estate, real property, realm, realty
Associated concepts: demesne lands
See also: area, domain, dominion, land, locality, location, ownership, possession, property, province, realm, region, scope, section, sphere, territory, vicinity

demesne

land held by a person's own right and not through another and more particularly that surrounding a house or manor, retained by the owner for his own use. Ancient demesne signifies land held by the Crown at the time of the Norman Conquest and recorded in the Domesday Book.

DEMESNE, Eng. law. The name given to that portion of the lands of a manor which the lord retained in his own hands for the use of himself and family. These lands were called terra dominicales or demesne lands, because they were occupied by the lord, or dominus manerii, and his servants, &c. 2 Bl. Com. 90. Vide Ancient Demesne; Demesne as of fee; and Soil assault demesne.

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The lord's demesne was exempt because he owed personal services to the king: while his men paid tax, he fought.
Even the lord's (Domesday) demesne was exempt as opposed to unassessed.
The ploughs and animals of the demesne clearly were.
How typical were the gardens created by such remarkable and wealthy figures as the Conollys and FitzGeralds of the landscaping of the more than 1,000 enclosed demesnes created in Ireland from the seventeenth century on?
The famous Castletown obelisk, for example, is on land that forms part of the Carton demesne.
Housing lines our left side with the sloping Demesnes on the right and we soon pass Chapel House, Laburnum Cottage (1858) and Broadgates.
However, the land has become a quagmire after becoming an unofficial car park, forcing the council to put restrictions in place so the Demesnes can be protected.