tanist (plural tanists)
- (historical) The heir presumptive to the chieftainship or kingship of a Celtic clan in ancient Ireland, Scotland or Mann.
- 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
- Lover, for her love he prowled with colonel Richard Burke, tanist of his sept, under the walls of Clerkenwell and, crouching, saw a flame of vengeance hurl them upward in the fog.
- 2007, Mark Wycliffe Samuel, Kate Hamlyn, Blarney Castle: Its History, Development, and Purpose, Cork University Press, page 36,
- In 1570 Dermot died at 'his own house' of Castle Inch. His brother and tanist, Cormac Mac Teige (fourteenth Lord), succeeded him (Ó Murchadha, p. 16).
- 2014, Ulla Secher, Aboriginal Customary Law: A Source of Common Law Title to Land, Bloomsbury Publishing (Hart Publishing), page 120,
- As a result of the universal introduction of the English common law, therefore, the original tanist acquired a common law title to the disputed land 'without grant or confirmation of the conqueror'.
heir presumptive to the chieftainship or kingship of a Celtic clan in ancient Ireland, Scotland or Mann
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- Chief of the Name on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Tanist Stone on Wikipedia.Wikipedia