"George was brought up with his father"

The practice of giving the first-born son the same name as his sire was popular at this time. It stemmed from the custom of making the eldest son the heir to his father’s property; the same name was given in order to ensure that these inheritance rights were duly administered. The legacy George receives from the laird is more than financial: he also inherits his views and lifestyle. It is, of course, significant that Lady Dalcastle’s second child is named after Rev. Wringhim – a fact which can be seen as an acknowledgement of his true paternity.