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Old February 22 2012, 05:49 PM   #70
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Re: Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey 2x01

propita wrote: View Post
If Sybil has a boy, he would not be the heir, correct? I'm under the impression that heir must be male directly, with no female in the line of succession. Though I suppose a claim could be made if NO direct male heir can be found.
Not until 1925, when the Administration of Estates act, which reformed inheritance laws, was passed. At that point, Mary would become the heir (if Robert still lived) and not Matthew. Before 1925, though, they would go back as far as necessary to find a male line heir.

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If Matthew, as heir, could not provide a son, what further relation could there be? He's already a bit far off, isn't he?
Matthew is, if I'm remembering correctly, Robert's third cousin.
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