1) A customary gift to the minister of a parish from the estate of a deceased person, usually the testator’s best animal.

1347 et son melior best pour son mortuer, Healaugh Park

1393 Item lego pro mortuario meo meliorem animal meum Rectori de Thornor

1448 Et optimum meum animal nomine mortuarii mei, Leeds. The English word is on record from this period: 1444 for my beriall xls ... for my mortuary my best gown ford, Hull.

dates 1347 1393 1444 1448

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