HONOR

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HONOR, in law, is used especially for the more noble sort of seigniories, on which other inferior lordships or manors depend by performance of some customs or services to those who are lords of them. Before the statute 18 Edward I, the king's greater barons, who had a large extent of territory holden under the crown, frequently granted out smaller manors to inferior persons, to be holden of themselves, which therefore now continue to be held under a superior lord, who is called, in such cases, the lord paramount over all these manors; and his seigniory is frequently termed an honor, not a manor, especially if it has belonged to an ancient feudal baron, or been, at any time, in the hands of the crown. When the king grants an honor with appurtenances, it is superior to a manor with appurtenances; for to an honor, by common intendment, appertain franchises, and, by reason of those liberties and franchises, it is called an honor.