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Wreckage and Lord Devon's Rights to Same on the South Devon Coast

Trans. Devon Assoc., vol 10 (1878), pp. 392-398.

by

A.W. Hurrell

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.

 
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Adams, Mr397
Bozun family393-4
Cheverston family393-4, 396
Cheverston, Sir John393-4
Courtenay family393-4
Courtenay, Lord Hugh393
Courtenay, Bishop Richard394
Courtenay, Sir William Bt396-7
Courtenay, Sir William Knt394
Courtenay, Viscount394, 396
Devon, Lord393-4
Edward I394, 396
Edward VI394
Elizabeth I394
Fairweather, Joseph396
George II396
Goss, Thomas396
Hamblin, George396
Henry II393
Henry V394
Jarvis, James396
Jarvis, Roger396
Lysons, Messrs394
Piles, John396
Taylor, Mr George397-8
Totnes, Judæl394
Wales, Prince of398
Whiting, Joseph396