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Bought the covenant

Posted by James Briggs on December 22, 2003

In Reply to: Bought the covenant posted by Nev on December 22, 2003

: In doing genealogical research I have come across the term "bought the covenant". I realize it has something to do with being accepted into a church, but I don't know exactly what is involved. I'm sure someone here knows. Help! Thanks, Nev

In English law a 'covenant' is a legally binding contract/condition placed upon a situation, eg 'this house may not be sold for another 50 years'. It may be that, in some instances, it is possible to buy this covenant and therefore remove the conditions. I'm not sure about this, but does the concept fit in with your researches?