A bequest of a particular thing.
2. It follows that a specific legacy may be of animals or inanimate
things, provided they are specified and separated from all other things; a
specific legacy may therefore be of money in a bag, or of money marked and so
described; as, I give two eagles to A B, on which are engraved the initials of
my name. A specific legacy may also be given out of a general fund. Touch. 433
Amb. 310; 4 Ves. 565; 3 Ves. & Bea. 5. If the specific article given be,
not found among the assets of the testator, the legatee loses his legacy; but
on the other hand, if there be a deficiency of assets, the specific legacy will
not be liable to abate with the general legacies. 1 Vern. 31; 1 P. Wms. 422; 3
P. Wms. 365; 3 Bro. C. C. 160; vide 1 Roper on Leg. 150; 1 Supp. to Ves. jr.
209 . Id. 231; 2 Id. 112; and articles Legacy; Legatee.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition