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Latin. From me, of my superior. This forms that part, or clause of a conveyance of lands, which indicates the nature of the tenure by which they are to be held, and whereby it is declared, that when the feudal title is completed the grantee is to hold of the granter's superior. This is commonly known as an a me holding as opposed to a holding de me. The former (a me) is now called a public holding, while the latter (de me) is termed, base. These significations did not always attach to the respective phrases; and it may not be out of place to notice here very briefly how the change occurred. 

Originally all lands in Scotland were held directly of the Crown Prince. He was the immediate superior of the lands, and the barons to whom the lands were gifted were his vassals. Their holding was de me, and necessarily so, because they could hold of no higher superior, and this, therefore, was originally the nobler of the two holdings. But when the crown lands were, for the most part, gifted, and the barons in their turn began to give grants of land to ...

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