Posted by John Wilson on July 27, 2019 at 02:44:36 user hugo.
In Reply to: Re: Who owns Beckfoot? posted by Adam Quinan on July 22, 2019 at 02:40:17:
I agree that Beckfoot could have been owned by Jim or possibly by Jim and Molly jointly; but probably not by Molly as a woman (whether she was older or younger than Jim)? Unless there were complications like lack of a valid will, or could it have been "entailed" to keep it in the family despite profligate heirs? So the GA’s authority over Jim & Molly was now through having brought them up rather than any legal authority.
Nancy’s comments on the 1901 note in the brass box on Kanchenjunga (that Jim and Molly would have had to escape from the Great-aunt) indicate that the Blackett grandparents were dead by then. With Nancy 12 or 13 in 1930 and Peggy a year or two younger, Bob Blackett could have died in the influenza epidemic of 1918-19 or even late in the Great War,
And would the Beckfoot estate have tenant farmers to provide an income? No mention in the books, but I have supposed that the Dixons, Jacksons, Swainsons and Tysons did not own their farms?
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