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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:54 pm    Post subject: Death of Robert Pennington (Stannary Law) Reply with quote

The author of the 'standard text' on Stannary Law has died, and I have been sent an extract from the introduction to his obituary by Birmingham University, School of Law. (Please see correction to reference below)

"The Parliament or Convocation of Tinners of Cornwall was a unique institution in that it was not only a body representative of a special industrial and commercial sector of the economy, but was also a legislature with powers parallel to those of the Parliament at Westminster and had power to veto legislation by central government if it affected tin mining. No other institution has ever had such wide powers in the history of this country"

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edited to add correction 13th Mar 2008 18:36hrs: The introduction, referred to above, was not in fact to the obituary. It was a totally unrelated reference to the Introduction to a reprint of Stannary Law by the Trevithick Society.
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