"the marriage settlement!"

The Marriage Contract plate 1
Public DomainThe Marriage Contract plate 1 - Credit: William Hogarth circa 1743-1745
A settlement in trusts law is a deed whereby real estate, land, or other property is given by a settlor into trust so that the beneficiary only has the limited right to the property (for example during their life), but usually has no right to transfer the land to another or leave it in their own will. Instead the property devolves as directed by the settlement.