What is a family seat?

A seat or family seat was the principal manor of a medieval lord, which was normally an elegant country mansion and usually denoted that the family held political and economic influences in the area. In some cases, the family seat was a manor house.

This term was used throughout the text of the Domesday Book, where it was rendered as the Latin word caput, and the term continues to be used throughout the British Isles today. A Clan seat refers to the seat of the chief of a Scottish clan.


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