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I.  Books

Henry Causton, Rights of Heirship; or, the Doctrine of Descents and Consanguinity As Applied by the Laws of England to the Succession of Real Property and Hereditaments; and As Affected by the New Statutes of Inheritance and Limitation (1842), LC Call No. KD1500 .C38 1842.

Henry Chitty, Treatise of the Law of Descents (1825), LC Call No. KD1500 .C45 1825.

L.B. Curzon, Law of Succession (1976), LC Call No. KD1500.Z9 C9.

George L. Gomme, On Archaic Conceptions of Property in Relation to the Laws of Succession; and Their Survival in England (1887), LC Call No. AC911 .H3 vol. 47, no. 6.

Edwin Edwards, Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction: A Sketch of Its Origin and Early Progress, with Particular Reference to the Subject of the Succession to Personal Property (1853), LC Call No. LAW <E Treatises Edwa>.

James Hawkshead, Essay on the Operation in Wills of the Word Issue: and Also of the Words Heirs of the Body, Dying Without Issue, and Dying Without Leaving Issue, and the Periphrases of Them (1826).

W.S. Holdsworth & C.W. Vickers, The Law of Succession: Testamentary and Intestate (1899), LC Call No. KD1500 .H65 1899.

John Hubback, A Treatise on the Evidence of Succession to Real and Personal Property and Peerages (1844).

Eyre Lloyd, Succession Laws of Christian Countries: with Special Reference to the Law of Primogeniture As It Exists in England (1877), LC Call No. K805 .L55 1887.

Testamentary Formalities (Kenneth G.C. Reid, Marius J. de Waal & Reinhard Zimmermann eds., 2011), LC Call No. K811.F67 T47 2011.

C.D. Harbury & D.M.W.N. Hitchens, Inheritance and Wealth Inequality in Britain (1979), LC Call No. HC260.W4 H37.

Henry Clay, Property and Inheritance (1923), LC Call No. HB701 .C6.

Edward Mansfield, The Legal Rights, Liabilities and Duties of Women with an Introductory History of Their Legal Conditions in the Hebrew, Roman and Feudal Systems (1845), LC Call No. KF478 .M3.

Courtney Stanhope Kenney, The History of the Law of England As to the Effects of Marriage on Property and on the Wife’s Legal Capacity (1879), LC Call No. KD760 .K46 1879.

S.J. Bailey, The Law of Wills: An Introduction to the Rules of Law Equity and Construction Relating to Testamentary Dispositions (1935), LC Call No. KD1509 .B3 1935.

S.J. Bailey, The Law of Wills: An Introduction to the Rules of Law Equity and Construction Relating to Testamentary Dispositions (Pitman, 7th ed. 1973), LC Call No. KD1509 .B3 1973.

W.F. Finlason, An Essay on the History and Effects of the Laws of Mortmain, and the Laws Against Testamentary Dispositions for Pious Purposes (1853), LC Call No. KD873 .F56 1853.

W. Hayes & T. Jarman, Concise Forms of Wills, with Practical Notes (H. Sweet, 6th ed. 1863), LC Call No. KD1507 .H39 1863.

W.S. Holdsworth & C.W. Vickers, The Law of Succession: Testamentary and Intestate (1899), LC Call No. KD1500 .H65 1899.

Richard King, The Right of Testamentary Devise (1900), LC Call No. KD1509.6 .K56 1900z.

John Lewis de Lolme, General Observations on Executory Devises, or on the Power of Individuals to Prescribe by Testamentary Dispositions the Particular Future Uses to Be Made of Their Property (W.& C. Spilsbury, 2nd ed. 1800), LC Call No. KD1514.T49 V47 1799.

George W. Marshall, A Handbook to the Ancient Courts of Probate and Depositories of Wills (1895), LC Call No. KD1518 .M37 1895.

Donald Moore, The Power of Testamentary Disposition (1928), LC Call No. KD1509 .M66 1928.

William Phippen, Practical Advice to Testators and Executors (Hamilton, Adams & Co., 6th ed. 1882), LC Call No. KD1528.Z9 P48 1882.

John Walthoe, Of Last Wills and Testaments: A Common-Law Treatise (1703), LC Call No. KD1509 .O5 1703.

Nathan Abbott, Selection of Authorities on Descent, Wills, and Administration (1894).

George S. Allnutt, Practice of Wills and Administrations (1860), LC Call No. KD1518 .A95 1860.

Charles Fisk Beach, Manual of the Law of Wills, As Determined by the Leading Courts of England and the United States (1888), LC Call No. KF755 .B4 1888.

Julien Bennett, Practitioner’s Guide to the Duties of Executors & Administrators, from Death to Distribution; with Which Is Incorporated Layton & Hart’s Practical Guide to the Making and Proving of Wills (1906), LC Call No. KD1528 .B46 1906.

James Barry Bird, Laws Respecting Wills, Testaments and Codicils, and Executors, Administrators, and Guardians (1802), LC Call No. KD1509 .B54 1802.

George Booth, A Manual on the Present State of the Law of Wills (1861), LC Call No. KD1509.6 .B66 1861.

Edwin Edwards, Abridgement of Cases in the Prerogative Court, Under the New Statute of Wills (1846), LC Call No. KD1505.3 .E39 1846.

Nathan Abbott, Selection of Authorities on Descent, Wills, and Administration (1894).

Samuel Bailey, Right of Primogeniture Examined (1837), LC Call No. KD1523.P7 B35 1837.

Walter Breslauer, Private International Law of Succession in England, America and Germany (1937), LC Call No. K7230 .B74 1937.

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II.  Journal Articles

Richard Schaul-Yoder, British Inheritance Legislation: Discretionary Distribution at Death, 8 B.C. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 205–36 (1985), available at http://lawdigitalcommons.bc.edu/cgi/ viewcontent.cgi?article=1417&context=iclr.

Thomas Kuehn, A Late Medieval Conflict of Laws: Inheritance by Illegitimates in Ius Commune and Ius Proprium, 15(2) Law& Hist. Rev. 243–73 (Autumn 1997), available at http://www. jstor.org/stable/827652 (subscription required).

Eileen Spring, The Heiress-at-Law: English Real Property Law from a New Point of View, 8(2) Law & Hist. Rev 273–96 (Autumn 1990), available at http://www.jstor.org/stable/743994 (subscription required).

Sigrid Weigel, Inheritance Law, Heritage, Heredity: European Perspectives, 20(2) Law & Lit. 279–87 (Summer 2008), available at http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/lal.2008.20.2.279 (subscription required).

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Prepared by Clare Feikert-Ahalt
Senior Foreign Law Specialist
March 2015

 

 

Last Updated: 06/09/2015