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An urban widow's rights to her husband's property
There were special laws, drawn up between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, which governed property rights in towns (burghs). This law specified the rights of a widow after her husband died. Note also that a daughter could be heir to her father if she had no brothers. The law was written down in Latin and later in Scots - the Scots version follows the translation below.
Of burges ayre in lande till na man assignyt [Of the burgess heir to land which has been assigned to no other person before the owner's death]
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 23, p.12 Translation by E. Ewan