The greatest landholder in Derbyshire at the time of the Domesday Survey was Henry de Ferrers, who owned almost the whole of the modern hundred of Appletree.
Another great Domesday landholder was William Peverel, the historic founder of Peak Castle, whose vast possessions were known as the Honour of Peverel.
Almost every English landholder of importance was dispossessed, though only those who had actually borne arms against William should have been so treated.
It is said to have been founded about 1665 by a powerful landholder named Azim Khan, who owned large estates in this part of the country.
In 1037 he issued from Milan his famous edict for the kingdom of Italy which decreed that upon the death of a landholder his fief should, descend to his son, or grandson, and that no fiefholder should be deprived of his fief without the judgment of his peers.
The annual government demand, like the succession duty in England, is universally the first liability on the land; when that is satisfied, the registered landholder has powers of sale or mortgage scarcely more restricted than those of a tenant in fee-simple.
Every inhabitant is a small landholder and cultivates sufficient rice and other necessaries for the support of his family.
When the church was a landholder their conduct was even more unwarrantable; every clerk installed in a new preferment was forced to pay a large sum downwhich in that age was considered a clear case of simony by all conscientious men.
This inquest was made by the writ Quo Warranto, by which each landholder was invited to show the charter or warrant in which his claims rested.
Before the Conquest he accompanied Tostig on a pilgrimage to Rome (1061); and at that time was a landholder in Cumberland.
It was his business to take care of the sheep which belonged to a rich landholder by the Ettrick Water.