Grand Serjeanty Law and Legal Definition

Grand serjeanty is a tenure in capite like knight service, but which did not include either personal attendance on the king or escuage. Under the feudal system, tenure by serjeanty was a form of land-holding in return for some specified service, ranking between tenure by knight-service (enfeoffment) and tenure in socage. Grand serjeanty is a serjeanty in which the tenant rendered services of a personal, honorary nature to the king, as carrying his sword or banner.

The following is an example of a case law on grand serjeanty:

The tenant holding by grand serjeanty was bound, instead of attending the king generally in his wars, to do some honorary service to the king in person, as to carry his banner or sword, or to be his butler, champion, or other officer at his coronation. [Maryland Coal & Realty Co. v. Eckhart, 25 Md. App. 605, 607 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 1975)].