Scamler v Johnson: 1729

Trespass quare clausum fregit, and herbam suam depastur. The defendant pleaded that J. Ramsey, long before the trespass, was seised of an ancient messuage with the appurtenances, and prescribed for common of pasture, in the plaintiff’s close for his cattle, levant and couchant on tbe said messuage, with the appurtenances, and made title to the wife of Ramsey for her life, who bad entred and adhuc seisata existit, and conveyed to himself the said messuage at, the will of the wife, and justified utendo communia praedict’. Whereupon the plaintiff demurred. And Sanders for the plaintiff said, that the prescription is not good, for cattle cannot be levant and couchant on a messuage. Holt for the defendant, that the prescription is good, and a messuage comprehends the curtilage, which may be an acre or more, on which the cattle may be levant and couchant. And per Cur. the prescription is good, for it is not a common appendant but appurtenant, and such commori is usual in the county of Lincoln, and other counties, and that this is maintainable better for cattle levant and couchant than otherwise, 2. It was objected that the life of Frances ia not aver’d, and if she be dead, the defendant her lessee at will hath no title, But non allocatur; for (adhuc seisita existit) is a good averment of her life.


[1729] EngR 214, (1729) T Jones 227, (1729) 84 ER 1230 (A)



Agriculture, Land, Animals

Updated: 02 May 2022; Ref: scu.388162