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Old February 21 2013, 05:51 PM   #70
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Re: Downton Abbey - Am I Missing Something?

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Correct Stk! The estate goes though the males...Matthew's son would inherit regardless of who the mother was, a Crawley female was irrelevant.
Matthew's son may inherit the estate; it depends on how Reggie Swire's money was invested into it. (Was the money added to the entail? Or did Matthew buy the estate from Robert?)

But Patrick is still a closer heir to the Earldom than Matthew's son because Matthew's patrilineal ancestor is further back than Patrick's.

The laws of inheritance were reformed in, I think, 1923, which may make all of this moot.
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