Posted by Linden on April 10, 1998 at 21:12:49:
In response to Inheritance and Legitimacy, written by May on April 08, 1998 at 23:06:54
] This question came to mind after watching "Tom Jones". Would Mr. Blifil naturely be Squire Allworthy's legitmate heir because of his birth? i.e.: Just because Tom is the older nephew, would it have affected Mr. Blifil's claim?
It's a question of whether there is a will or not.
In the absence of a will, Mr Blifil would inherit, as the most senior legitmate heir. Squire Allworthy, however, can make a will to leave the property to whoever he wants to (assuming there is no entail, as in this case).
In other words, in order to inherit, an illegitimate child had to be specifically named in a will. This applied even when there was no doubt about the child's parentage.
My family folklore indicates that this happened to my grandfather's inheritance from his mother. She had an affair (with Lily Langtree's horse trainer, the family's sole claim to fame) and produced grandfather. He didn't inherit either from his father or even from his mother, since neither of them made a will in his favour.
- Thanks, everybody! May 21:35:48 4/10/98 (0)
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