MOney and dowries
Written by bridget D
(7/12/2013 1:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, to compare, penned by Nikki N
I suppose that makes sense and I thnk it was often a RL thing tht there was some money settled for the younger children but it could be handed out at the parents' wish.
So if your eldest daughter married a millionaire, you could say, "well she doesn't need any money" and maybe only give her a token dowry, but keep the bulkof the money for your younger plain daughter who might only catch the curate. But I suppose what is bugging me is that IIRC it says that Sir W could not give Anne the money.. and I would have thought that if he was dipping into the "fund" for the girls, and using the money himself, he was committing some kind of fraud...Would it have been wise to allow Sir Wal to be the trustee on this fund, as he was harldly the most responsible of people and might not be very sensible about how he handed the money out. And what if he DID spend it all? How then could his daughters be assured of getting the money when he died? What if he decided to give all the money to Eliz because she was his favourite and nothing to Anne or Mary?