is where the youngest son inherits instead of the eldest. It is
of Saxon origin, and is so called to distinguish it from the
“The custom of Borough English abounds in Kent, Sussex, Surrey, the
neighbourhood of London, and Somerset. In the Midlands it is rare, and
north of the Humber ... it does not seem to occur.” —F. Pollock:
Macmillan's Magazine, xlvi. (1882).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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