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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).

DESTINATION, n. Sc. law.

1. (1) “A direction as to the persons who are to succeed to property. Used almost wholly of nomination by the owner” (Sc. 1946 A. D. Gibb Legal Terms 29).Sc. 1754 J. Erskine Princ.Law Scot. ii. ii.10:
The debtor's succession cannot be affected by the destination of the creditor.
Bnff. 1729 Ann. Bnff. (S.C.) II. 256:
The said William Duff makes a destination and taillie of his estate of Bracco.

(2) “The series of heirs called to the succession of heritable or moveable property either by the provision of the law or by the will of the proprietor” (Sc. 1890 Bell Dict. Law Scot. 320).

2. Comb.: destination-over, “a destination to one person on failure of a precedent gift, usually by will, to another” (Sc. 1946 A. D. Gibb Legal Terms 29).Sc. 1903 J. Erskine Princ. Law Scot. iii. ix. 4D:
Suppose a destination in a trust-deed to A. in liferent allenarly, and his children, if any, in fee, whom failing, to persons indicated. These persons are thus conditionally called to the succession in a destination-over.
Sc. 1932 Session Cases 62:
That, in respect of the destination-over . . . vesting . . . was postponed until the death of the liferentrix.

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