Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

DNA and the Peerage

The Special Correspondent has sent me the link to the following and very interesting article from The Tatler about the implications for Peerage inheritance cases of a decision by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council concerning the admissability of DNA evidence to establish paternity. It can be read  here

Amongst the cases it discusses is the Russell of Ampthill one from the inter-war period about which I read an account many years ago.

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