- The status of being heir to something or someone
- 1858, Various, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, Issue 12, October, 1858:
- He began to fear lest he should be obliged to fulfil the duty of heirship to the property deposited with him.
- 1905, Editor-in-Chief: Rossiter Johnson, The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 8:
- When that outworn empire perished with the fall of Constantinople, Ivan succeeded nominally at least to its heirship.
- 1911, Bram Stoker, The Lair of the White Worm:
- "After this the family interest merely rested on heirship of the estate.