One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The limitation of the succession of property or title to male descendants.‘Henry VI granted the reversion of Feckenham Forest to Henry, Duke of Warwick, in tail male’
- ‘Thanks to my one-time proficiency in English land law, specifically the mysteries of the ‘fee tail male,’ I have always been able to explain to puzzled fellow Americans why the unctuous Mr. Collins was heir to the Bennet house and property.’
- ‘In 1727 the entire estate, as it then stood, was settled on the eldest son Thomas in tail male, with remainders to each of his brothers, also in tail male, and a final remainder jointly to his sisters.’
- ‘As I have said, the Defendants claim that the rights under the s. 2 reverter passed, under the devise of the Somerset Estate in the 4th Duke's Will, to F. W. Forester for life with remainder to his sons in tail male.’
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