What does the word freeholder mean?

Usage examples for freeholder

  1. A lord could usually claim a small money- rent from the freeholder, sometimes a relief when his land was sold or passed at death, and occasionally a heriot from his heir. – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  2. This system favoured the accumulation of lands in a few hands and the aggregation of great estates, and was largely responsible for the disappearance of the small freeholder. – A Short History of English Agriculture by W. H. R. Curtler
  3. But there was still another thing- the son of the Thagaste freeholder had any amount of common sense. – Saint Augustin by Louis Bertrand