Friday, December 20, 2013

Hereditaments (14)

The Act of Union 1536 continues from post (13)...

" II. And that all and singular person and persons inheritable to any manor lands tenements rents reversions services or other hereditaments which shall descend after the Feast of All Saints next coming, within the said principality country or dominion of Wales, or within any particular lordship, part or parcel of the said country or dominion of Wales, shall for ever, from and after the said feast of All Saints, inherit and be inheritable to the same manors lands rents tenements reversions and hereditaments after the English tenure, without division or partition, and after the form of the laws of this realm of England, and not after any Welsh tenure, nor after the form of any Welsh laws or customs..."

The Welsh culture defined itself under a body of laws known as the Law of Hywel Dda.  It was carefully preserved and adapted to changing circumstances. [See in The Welsh Classics, Hywel Dda The Law, published by Gomer Press, 1990, translated and edited by Dafydd Jenkins.]  Each male child had equal rights and claim to the inheritance of his father.  English law gave inheritance through the oldest male child.  Thus begins the change in Welsh laws and customs which date from before 950 AD.

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