First fruits

Definition of First fruits

In English ecclesiastical law, the first year’s whole profits of every benefice or spiritual living, anciently paid by the incumbent to the pope, but afterwards transferred to the fund called "Queen Anne’s Bounty,” for increasing the revenue from poor livings.

In feudal law, one year’s profits of land which belonged to the king on the death of a tenant in capite; otherwise called "primer seisin.” One of the incidents to the old feudal tenures. 2 Bl.Comm. 66, 67.

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