R is for Raygun (kleenexwoman) wrote in little_details,
R is for Raygun

Nineteenth Century British Inheritance Law

Writing a story set in Britain in the 19th century that hinges upon one of the characters not legally being allowed to inherit property because she is a woman.

--What were the legal limitations on this? Could women not inherit anything, or was it just land or major assets?
--When was this ruling overturned?
--If someone specified that they were leaving property to a woman in their will, would that necessarily supercede the inheritance law?

I've mostly used Google for "nineteenth century" and "British inheritance law" and "women" and combinations of those, but the only things I've found so far are not very technical or helpful.

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