From the Law Dictionary 1797, edited by Sir Thomas Edlyne Tomlins:

Age in the Law “is particularly used for those special Times which enable Persons of both Sexes to do certain Acts, which before through Want of Years and Judgment they are prohibited to do. As for Example: a Man at twelve Years of Age ought to take the Oath of Allegiance to the King: At Fourteen, which is his Age of Discretion, he may consent to Marriage, and chuse his Guardian: and at Twenty-one he may alien his Lands, Goods and Chattels: A Woman at nine Years of Age is dowable: at Twelve she may consent to marriage: at Fourteen she is at Years of Discretion, and may chuse a Guardian: and at Twenty-one she may alienate her Lands, etc.”

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