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Could a male or female in Victorian UK be in charge of his or her own money at 18 years old? (Circa 1888) Could a legal guardian argue in court that since the age of majority was 21, he should be in charge of the money? My research shows that Victorian fiction abounds in characters who come into money at some stage during their childhood, and it's often their parents or guardians who control it until they are adults. Here is where I'm stumped. If he or she were 18, would it be a useless argument to make that they were in charge of their own money?

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    @MarkC.Wallace: Wikipedia has a clear agenda on this issue, so i wouldn't trust its statements even as far as I could throw a house. – Pieter Geerkens Nov 3 '20 at 14:03
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    Please specify a single year of interest. At a minimum the law was change by Act of Parliament in both 1870 and 1882, so the answer will change accordingly. – Pieter Geerkens Nov 3 '20 at 14:05
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    From the Wiki: "Women's rights were extremely limited in this era, losing ownership of their wages, all of their physical property, excluding land property, and all other cash they generated once married."[1] So it looks possible for a woman to own property before she marries and to own land property if she is married. Not sure about the age limit. – stupidstudent Nov 3 '20 at 14:06
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    @MarkC.Wallace: there are myths surrounding this issue. My take would be that once OP specifies a single year of interest, the question be accepted as presented. We would be providing a service by unwinding the myths here on the site. – Pieter Geerkens Nov 3 '20 at 14:07
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    "Trusts were a common tool by which to ensure that children benefited, in time, from wealth left behind by a parent. On the death of a property owner, the majority of his or her wealth would pass to appointed trustees. When the deceased property owner’s spouse died, or when children had reached adulthood, the property held in trust was divided or sold off by the trustees and shared, usually equally, between all surviving children." gmul.ac.uk – Mark C. Wallace Nov 3 '20 at 15:39

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