Homage Ancestral Law and Legal Definition

Homage ancestral is a feudal tenure wherein a man and his ancestors had immemorially held land of another by the service of homage. This also bound the lord to warranty, the homage being an evidence of such a feudal grant.

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

Except in the case of homage ancestral, the heirs could not be bound without an express warranty. [Rickets v. Dickens & Wait, 5 N.C. 343, 346-347 (N.C. 1810)].