leenings-plaats, noun

Forms:
Also leningplaats.
Plurals:
leenings-plaatsen.
Origin:
DutchShow more Dutch, leenings see leenings eigendom + plaats place, farm.
Law
a. (Obs. exc. historical) loan farm, see loan.
1795 J.H. Craig in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1897) I. 255The lands (leeningsplaatsen) or Loan Land, are in general granted to the farmers from year to year, so much so that they are every year under the necessity of taking out a sort of new grant.
[1812 A. Plumptre tr. of H. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr. I. 187This mode of living on the territory of the government, cultivating the land, and enjoying its produce without any property in it, or even being regularly tenanted to it, is called here an Erbe, in contradistinction to the tenure by lease, when the domain is called a Lehnplatze.]
1902 J.W. Wessels in Martin & Friedlaender Hist. of Surveying & Land Tenure I. 77The nearest approach to emphytensis in South Africa were the leenings plaatsen (loan farms).
1936 Cambridge Hist. of Brit. Empire VIII. 766In 1795, almost the whole of the quarter of the total revenue that the Government derived from land was in respect of the annual rent of loan farms, or leeningsplaatsen, of over 6000 acres each.
1968 E.A. Walker Hist. of Sn Afr. 91Farmers had learnt to prefer the leenings plaatsen — great cattle runs of 3000 morgen and upwards held on loan from the Company first for six months and then for a year at a time.
1989 Reader’s Digest Illust. Hist. of S. Afr. 55The Company decided to grant the colonists land on loan, known as leningplaatsen (loan farms), each with an area of 2420 hectares.
b. obs. The form of tenure under which a loan farm was held.
1929 W.M. Macmillan Bantu, Boer & Briton 21 (Swart)The normal tenure was leenings-plaats, or one year lease for which the uniform charge was 24 Rix Dollars per annum, regardless of the value of the land.
loan farm, see loan.
The form of tenure under which a loan farm was held.
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