1814: 54 George 3 c. 145: Corruption of Blood Act

1814: 54 George 3 c. 145: An Act to take away Corruption of Blood save in certain Cases.

[27th July 1814.]

WHEREAS it is expedient to make such Provisions by Law as are hereinafter contained; Be it therefore enacted by The King’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That no Attainder for Felony which shall take place from and after the passing of this Act, save and except in cases of the Crime of High Treason, or of the Crimes of Petit Treason or Murder, or of abetting, procuring or counselling the same, shall extend to the disinheriting of any Heir, nor to the Prejudice of the Right or Title of any Person or Persons other than the Right or Title of the Offender or Offenders during his, her or their natural Lives only; and that it shall be lawful to every Person or Persons, to whom the Right or Interest of any Lands, Tenements or Hereditaments, after the Death of any such Offender or Offenders should or might have appertained if no such Attainder had been, to enter into the same.

Source: Statutes of the United Kingdom, 1814, Butterworths.

Further reading: Wikipedia.