Posted by Laura W on January 07, 1998 at 00:02:16:
In response to Title not bestowing honorifics to illegitimate relatives..., written by The Mysterious H.C. on January 06, 1998 at 19:29:25
I agree with HC. Illegitimate sons and daughters were known as a mere "Mr." or "Miss" by virtue of birth. Even when the parents later married and the child was acknowledged and raised in the family, a child born out of wedlock had no right to anything.
A good example is the 3rd Lord Holland's eldest son, Charles, b. 1797, before Lord Holland married, because his wife's divorce from her previous marriage was not yet final. (She was the famous Lady Holland of all those dinner parties.) Charles was known later in life as General Fox (his own accomplishment), and the barony was inherited by Lord Holland's second son, Henry, who was born in 1802. (they were married in 1797.)
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