I have a plot bunny for a Georgette Heyer fanfic, but I want to make sure that the premise is plausible before I start giving it free rein.Setting
: England, Regency period, exact date unimportantResearch Attempted:
various phrases related to title inheritances, inheritance pregnancy, noble titles widow is pregnant, etc. Found some information about real life incidences involving various European royalty
, but not about the English aristocracy. My usual haunts for regency research.
The basic scenario:
--A, formerly a peer, now pushing up the daisies
--His widow B, who had only just realized she was pregnant
--C, A's father's cousin and heir to the peer's title and entailed property should he die without issue
The basic question is: Does C inherit the title right away? Or is the title vacant until B gives birth? (Whereupon, if the baby is a boy, he inherits; if the baby is a girl, or B miscarries etc, C inherits.)
Likewise, during that pregnancy period, who would have the legal rights over the entailed property?