What exactly is a Feuar?

Samuel Ford was known as a feuar, but what exactly is a feuar?

If you look for a definition of a ‘feuar’ in the 1800s in Scotland you will find a reference along the lines; someone, a male, who had control over the land on which he lived and on paying a ‘feu duty’ to a ‘superior’  could pass on that property to his eldest male heir.  Peculiarly to Scotland, these ‘feuars’ arose as a class of people who, unlike tenants, who could only ‘rent’ land and dwellings, effectively had some security over the property on which they lived.

I have added a page giving an account of feuars which may be found here.

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