ESTRAY, or Stray. Any tame beast, as horses, oxen, sheep, and swine, or swans, found within a lordship and not owned by any man; in which case being cried, according to law, in the church and two market towns adjoining, if it be not claimed by the owner within a year and a day, it becomes the lord's of the soil where^ found. If the owner claims it within the year and a day, he must pay the charges of finding, keeping, and proclaiming; and he also may seize it without telling the marks or proving his property, which may be done at the trial if contested. If the beast stray within the year to another lordship, the first lord cannot retake it. An estray must be fed and kept, uninjured and without labour, till it is reclaimed, or the limited time expire.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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