Females inheriting titles
Posted by Linden on August 25, 1998 at 02:47:18:
In response to Inheritance (Knighthood, Baronetcy), written by The Mysterious H.C. on August 24, 1998 at 20:46:23
]... only a very few baronetcies (those created in Scotland before 1707, and called "Nova Scotia" baronetcies) allow women to succeed in any circumstances.
In general, almost no English titles go through the female line (there were one or two notable exceptions). If the original holder of the title has no inheritors in completely male descent (sons of sons of sons) then the title just dies out.
Scottish titles are different: they can descend through the female line (eg sons of daughters of daughters), which is why, when a bus conductor in Jamaica (or the like) is discovered to be the heir to the lordship of Dwyle Flunking, it is almost always a Scottish title.
- Aristocratic inheritance... The Mysterious H.C. 11:03:37 8/25/98 (0)
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