Search the Women in Scottish History Database
1100 - 1400
Inheritance rights when a burgess has married more than once
Special laws, drawn up between the twelfth and the fourteenth centuries, governed life in the towns. This law dealt with the inheritance rights of the children of a man who had married more than once. Compare the rights of the widow of a second marriage with the widow in the document 'An urban widow's rights to her husband's property'. The law was written down in Latin and later in Scots - the Scots version follows the translation.
Of burges at has had syndry wyffis [Of a burgess that has had more than one wife]
Ancient Laws and Customs of the Burghs of Scotland, Vol. 1.1124-1424 ed Cosmo Innes (Edinburgh: Scottish Burgh Records Society, 1868), Leges Burgorum no 24, pp12-13. Translation by E. Ewan
|Tags:||law children inheritance|