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Ruth GrimsleyThis Diary contains the self moderated personal thoughts of Sheffield`s Bard of Broomhill - Ruth Grimsley. The website editor and Words & Things Group do not always endorse her opinions or any other persons who may wish to contribute.

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1000 - Laetitia pplonker-ppuller
I hope you're not going to be naughty, Ruth
21 January 2018 - Kensington

999 - Ruth Grimsley
No idea. I'll Google it. Wait - YOU Google it this time round, Tiddles
12 March 2018 - Chateau Grimsley

998 - Tiddles
So do entails still exist?
12 March 2018 - Kensington

997 - Ruth Grimsley
Yes, that's right, Tiddles. A legal deed had to be executed by the father, in possession of the property for his lifetime and representing the past and the present, and his son, representing the future. And then that particular entail was barred, and the property could be sold off to anybody, being, effectively, a freehold. And mortgages could be paid off, sometimes by way of foreclosure, whereby the lenders ended up with the property, and they could sell it off. Importantly, in all circumstances of sale, the purchaser would be properly interested in the land
12 March 2018 - Chateau Grimsley

996 - Tiddles
COULD be? Entailment wasn't abolished?
12 March 2018 - Kensington

995 - Ruth Grimsley
When there was an heir, but he wouldn't play the game. Not interested in land management, but in non-productive expensive modes of life. What was it in "Blackadder?" "Wine, women, and amateur dramatics" Anyway, the heirs would mortgage the land up to the hilt, and not repay the loans, so that creditors could seize the land's income, and the estate's chattels, if any: Or the heirs would let the estates go to rack and ruin. Or both. Well, after many centuries of this kind of mess, common sense finally prevailed over entrenched social mores, and a series of Acts of Parliament were passed, whereby the entail could be ended, or "barred" as the expression was.
12 March 2018 - Chateau Grimsley

994 - Tiddles
And the other thing that went wrong?
12 March 2018 - Kensington

993 - Ruth Grimsley
Many things can go wrong in all the affairs of us mortals, Tiddles, as you'll be aware But in the case of entailment, it was usually one of two things. Firstly, a failure of heirs, as in "Pride and Prejudice," where the land is in tail male, and the Bennets have only daughters. So the land will pass, on Mr Bennet's death, to a very distant cousin. Mr Collins. Actually, compromises on this point were common, for the sake of family peace and propriety snd good feeling: Mr Collins' marrying one of the Bennet sisters would have made a lot of sense, only none of them was a suitable wife for him. Elizabeth's rejection of his proposal of marriage could in some lights reasonably be viewed as a serious neglect of family duty. The other point that is often missed in "P & P" is Mrs. Bennet's frequent complaint that Mr Collins doesn't have a proper claim to the land: he does, and her remarks on the subject are accordingly very amusing, as only Jane Austen knowes how to make them
12 March 2018 - Chateau Grimsley

992 - Tiddles
So I'm gathering that things didn't always work out as planned. What went wrong?
12 March 2018 - Kensington

991 - Ruth Grimsley
Form of landowning whereby the owner can't sell the land, as on his death it has to pass to his descendant, usually, but not necessarily, male. The idea was to keep land in the ownership of people who were important in the social hierarchy, eg, the nobility. It was supposed to promote proper landowning among the upper echelons. SUPPOSED to
12 March 2018 - Chateau Grimsley

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