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Written by Rachel G
(10/29/2011 6:29 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Perhaps if she gives birth to a son?, penned by kathleen (elder)
I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure that to be the legal heir to the baronetcy, a son would need to be legitimate - ie born in wedlock. So Penelope Clay would need to get Mr Elliot's ring on her finger before she gives birth in order for the child (assuming it was male)to inherit the title.
I should think the same would apply to the property of Kellynch Estate, which is subject to an entail, as implied by the line in chapter 1: "There was only a small part of his estate that Sir Walter could dispose of;".
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