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LAW OF INTESTATE SUCCESSION
WITH A BRIEF OUTLINE OF THE
LAW OF INTESTATE SUCCESSION IN ENGLAND;
TABLES SHOWING, IN PARALLEL COLUMNS, THE MODES IN WHICH PERSONAL
ESTATE IS DIVISIBLE UNDER AN INTESTACY IN BOTH KINGDOMS;
AN EPITOME OF THE LAW IN RELATION TO THE IMPOSITION, COLLECTION, AND
SETTLEMENT OF THE LEGACY AND SUCCESSION DUTIES,
VARIOUS FORMS APPLICABLE TO THE SETTLEMENT OF THESE DUTIES, TO
AND TO THE SERVICE OF HEIRS TO HERITABLE ESTATES,
AUTHOR OF “SUMMARY OF THE LAW OF JOINT-STOCK COMPANIES."
SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND ENLARGED.
WILLIAM MAXWELL & SON, LONDON.
DEDICATION OF THE FIRST EDITION.
HUGH BARCLAY, ESQUIRE, LL.D.,
SHERIFF-SUBSTITUTE OF PERTHSHIRE,
This Little Work
ALTHOUGH nominally a Second Edition, this work is new in
the main, having been nearly all rewritten and greatly enlarged.
The First Edition, written when I was a student of law, was not prepared with a view to publication. It owed its appearance in print to the publishers. Being now out of print, I have been led, although not without some misgivings on account of the limited time at my disposal, to undertake the preparation of the present compilation, which I doubt not will be found of more practical utility than the former.
Like the former work, however, the present does not claim to be considered as presenting a complete view of the principles and practice of the Law of Intestate Succession. It is intended rather to serve as an introduction to larger and more comprehensive works ; in short, to furnish an outline of the general principles and axioms of the law, arranged in a simple and practical manner, divested of legal technicalities and disquisitions, subtle distinctions and multitudinous details, which not infrequently prove more embarrassing than useful to those who desire to refresh their memory with the least possible expenditure of time and labour.
Whilst thus desiring to confine the work as much as possible to a statement of the general principles of the law, I have felt that these principles could not be rightly understood without some knowledge of their history and development. I have, therefore, set forth, in the beginning of the work, the rules of law as laid down in the leading institutional works, from the “Regiam Majestatem” to “Bell's Principles,” and have appended footnotes showing the alterations that have been made on the law since the