The Double Life of Duke of Somerset v Cookson, or a Legal Excavation of the Corbridge Lanx

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      Duke of Somerset v Cookson (1735) occupies an important place in English legal history as a leading authority for Chancery jurisdiction to order specific delivery of movable property where an award of damages would be inadequate. The property at issue was the Corbridge lanx, now in the British Museum, but then claimed as treasure trove by the duke of Somerset as lord of the manor of Corbridge. This paper re-examines Cookson as the first reported English decision relating to treasure trove, and uses later treasure trove claims by the duke of Somerset's successors to the manor of Corbridge, the dukes of Northumberland, to shed fresh light on the 1735 decision and on the development of treasure trove practice from the eighteenth century onwards.

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      Original languageEnglish
      Number of pages23
      Pages (from-to)258 - 280
      JournalJournal of Legal History
      Journal publication date15 Oct 2014
      Issue number3
      Volume35
      DOIs
      StatePublished - 15 Oct 2014

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