Eng. law. A render of the best beast or other goods, as the
custom may be, to the lord, on the death of the tenant. 2 Bl. Com. 97.
2. They are usually divided into two sorts, heriot service, and heriot
custom; the former are such as are due upon a special reservation in the
grant or lease of lands, and therefore amount to little more than a mere
rent; the latter arise upon no special reservation whatsoever, but depend
merely upon immemorial usage and custom. These are defined to be a
customary tribute of goods and chattels, payable to the lord of the fee, on
the decease of the owner of the land. 2 Bl. Com. 422. Vide Com. Dig.
Copyhold, K 18; Bac. Ab. h. t.; 2 Saund. lndex, h. t.; 1 Vern. 441.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition