Ancestral Action Law and Legal Definition

Ancestral action is an action brought for the recover of land in which the plaintiff relies on the seizin or possession of the plaintiff's ancestor.

The following is an example of a case law referring to ancestral action:

A writ of right brought upon the seizin of an ancestor is not an ancestral action. [Copp v. Lamb, 12 Me. 312, 313 (Me. 1835)].