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In English law, the Assize of mort d'ancestor ("death of ancestor") was an action brought where a plaintiff claimed the defendant had entered upon a freehold belonging to the plaintiff following the death of one of his relatives.

It was one of the so-called "petty assizes" established by the Assize of Clarendon by Henry II in 1176 with the Azzize of Northampton[1]]. Like the other two assizes, it was abolished in 1833.[2]

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  1. ^ An introduction to English Legal History, J.H. Baker 4th edition Oxford University press, p234
  2. ^ This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.


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