An Unusual Scottish Case Involving Clandestine Marriage and Legitimacy Bell, Robert [c.1760-1816]. Report of a Case of Legitimacy, Under a Putative Marriage, Tried Before the Second Division of the Court of Session in February 1811. Edinburgh: Printed for Bell & Bradfute; London: Butterworth & Son, 1825. vii, 228 pp. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Later cloth, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine, endpapers renewed, deckle fore and bottom-edges. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing and dampspotting in places, library stamp to title page and a few other leaves. $450. * Only edition. A study of Brymar vs. Riddell, an unusual Scottish case. While underage, an heiress entered a clandestine marriage. Years later, she married again to an unknowing second husband. After the discovery of the first marriage the sole child from the second faced charges of illegitimacy. Bell's account provides lengthy excerpts from the arguments of counsel, which included including Francis Jeffrey. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 5:23.
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