A Sensational Inheritance Case [Trial]. [Douglas Cause]. A Concise Narrative of the Proceedings in the Douglas Cause: With Remarks Upon the Memorials: In a Letter to a Friend. London: Printed for W. Griffin, 1767. 56, 23,  pp. Octavo (9" x 5-3/4"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Light toning, light soiling to exterior, light foxing in a few places, a few creases to final leaf. $500. * First edition. The "Douglas Cause," which involved claims on the estate of Duke Douglas, was one of the most sensational Scottish trials of the eighteenth century. Douglas died without issue, leaving his sister Lady Jane Douglas the heir presumptive. His relatives the Hamiltons had hoped to lay claim to the estate, but were foiled when Lady Jane had twin sons at the age of 50. A bitter dispute ensued over whether these children were in fact legitimate, but the case was decided against the Hamiltons, and the estate went to Lady Jane's surviving child Archibald Stewart Douglas. This was a rancorous case which attracted a great deal of public attention, most of it sympathetic to the young Douglas. A second edition was published later the same year. English Short-Title Catalogue T184001.
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