Originally Posted by Mbruno
Shouldn’t her brother be the “ rightful heir” ? She still beats George I of Hanover though, who was below 50th in line when he became king !
The bottom line about the Revolution of 1688 and later the Act of Settlement is that Parliament claimed the power to define “ what is right” , including who the “ rightful heir” should be , even if it contradicted customary law ( in this case, male-preference primogeniture). That was a major step in the affirmation of parliamentary sovereignty.
Her brother was the rightful heir, and he would have remained so too if their father had not been deposed because he was a Catholic. So I would say that it was religion, that was more important than male primogeniture at that point.
Now I wonder who the other fifty people were, who had come before George I in the succession before the revolution. George was only two generations away from his British grandmother, and it's hard to believe that fifty closer heirs were around after such a short time. They must all have been Catholics though, since they all were overlooked.