Queen Elizabeth Asks for DNA Tests to Settle Title Feud Involving Title Pretenders

DNA evidence could be used for the first time to resolve a feud over a hereditary title after the Queen personally intervened in the case. The dispute was triggered when an amateur genealogist revealed that a distinguished baronet came from a different bloodline to his relatives, suggesting there may have been an illegitimate child in a previous generation. The two rival branches of the family have since spent thousands of pounds on a legal battle to prove which is the true line.

Peerage authorities have been called upon to determine if genetic material could be used to determine who should inherit the Pringle of Stichill baronetcy.

You can read the details in an article by Gregory Walton in The telegraph at http://goo.gl/c66cJ2.

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It’s not at all clear under British law that evidence of non-paternity in a preceding generation would disqualify the illegitimate line from the succession. (If a father has accepted someone as his son, ordinarily no one else has legal standing to challenge it.) What the queen has asked is *if* DNA *could* be used to settle the claim. The next question that will be asked will be if it *should*.

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Raises interesting questions about inheritance – should legal parentage or biological descent take precedent ….. if you look at DNA irregularities , then how many generations back do you go ?

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Now if we could just get the Queen to agree to test DNA on the bones found under the stairs in the Tower of London in the 17th century. It is widely believed that these are the bones of 12 year old Edward V and his brother but this has never been confirmed.

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I thought the Pringle name sounded familiar, and then I remembered L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Windy Poplars, where the widespread and proud Pringle family vexes Anne Shirley. I can just imagine the fictional Pringle family reacting with horror to this scandal to their name!

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What a fuss over a baronetcy! Now if it was a dukedom, there might be some interest but baronetcies are two a penny, even today, never mind the ones that died out for various reasons!-

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