ILLEGITIMACY AND THE LAW

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A report of the case of Horner against Liddiard, upon the question of what consent is necessary to the marriage of illegitimate minors;

TRIAL: HORNER v. LIDDIARD,, A report of the case of Horner against Liddiard, upon the question of what consent is necessary to the marriage of illegitimate minors; determined, on the 24th May 1799, in the Consistorial Court of London, by the Right Honourable Sir William Scott, Chancellor of the Diocese: with an introductory essay upon the theory and the history of laws relating to illegitimate children, and to the encouragement of marriage in general. By Alexander Croke. London: printed by A. Strahan ... for J. Butterworth. 1800.

8vo., (4) + viii + 189 + (3)pp., including the final advertisement leaf, tiny hole in C8 just touching a couple of letters, recently well bound in cloth lettered in gilt, a very good copy sometime in the library of Dr. Peter Laslett of Trinity College, Cambridge>, with his ownership label on blank margin of title.

This was the essay that brought Alexander Croke into public notice. After taking various law degrees at Oxford he had been admitted a member of the college of Advocates in November 1797. Sir William Scott (afterwards Lord Stowell), who had got to know Croke at Oxford, employed him to report the Horner v Liddiard illegitimacy case. This Croke did, adding a substantial essay on the treatment of illegitimacy in Europe since ancient times. Croke went on to be a judge in the vice-admiralty court in Nova Scotia and was knighted in 1816.