British Crown Colonial Manorial Grants

During the 17th and early 18th century British rulers, Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, Charles II, James II and William and Mary, granted manorial patents, extensive tracts of land, to persons of wealth and good breeding, to develop. As Lord of the Manor, they enjoyed had the right collect taxes and rents, appoint clergymen, to be exempt from the authority of the local town governments and to hold court leet and court baron over the tenants.

While most grants were located in the current state of New York, and others were made in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and varyied in size from over 1 million acres to about 300 acres. Gardiner's Island off the eastern end of Long Island is the only manor in New York still owned by descendants of the original grantee. - AsNotedIn


Brookhaven, NY City
Manor of St George, Mastic Neck House
Gardiners Island, NY

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