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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Free Bench (francus bancus).
 
The widow’s right to a copyhold. It is not a dower or gift, but a free right independent of the will of the husband. Called bench because, upon acceding to the estate, she becomes a tenant of the manor, and one of the benchers, i.e. persons who sit on the bench occupied by the pars curiæ.   1
 


 Free.Free Coup (in Scotland) 

 
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