Wreckage and Lord Devon's Rights to Same on the South Devon Coast
Trans. Devon Assoc., vol 10 (1878), pp. 392-398.
Prepared by Michael Steer
The paper, presented at the Association's July 1878 Paignton meeting deals essentially with the jus naufragii (right of shipwreck), sometimes lex naufragii (law of shipwreck). This was a medieval custom (never actually a law) that allowed the inhabitants or lord of a territory to seize all that washed ashore from the wreck of a ship along its coast. This right applied, originally, to all the cargo of the ship, the wreckage itself, and even any passengers who came ashore. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the University of California Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.
|Cheverston family||393-4, 396|
|Cheverston, Sir John||393-4|
|Courtenay, Lord Hugh||393|
|Courtenay, Bishop Richard||394|
|Courtenay, Sir William Bt||396-7|
|Courtenay, Sir William Knt||394|
|Courtenay, Viscount||394, 396|
|Edward I||394, 396|
|Taylor, Mr George||397-8|
|Wales, Prince of||398|