the state or condition of being a bastard; illegitimacy.
the act of begetting a bastard.

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French bastardie. See bastard, -y3 Unabridged
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bastardy (ˈbɑːstədɪ, ˈbæs-)
archaic the condition of being a bastard; illegitimacy

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There is no known illegitimacy on the maternal side, but there is a long history of bastardy on the grand paternal side.
Examples would be civil cases appealed from municipal courts and bastardy cases from county courts.
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