This is a bit before Regency, but potentially of interest
Posted by Leanne S on July 01, 1998 at 18:39:38:
In response to Marriages outside the Church of England, written by Linden on June 28, 1998 at 20:48:54
] Can anyone help me with the legal status of marriages outside the Church of England in the Regency period?
] What did Catholics and Dissenters do to get married, and how were their marriages registered?
] I know that nowadays in England, a C of E minister is automatically a registrar of marriages, while ministers of other churches are not, and have to become registrars separately (one of the things that the Establishment of the C of E means.)
] Before Hardwicke's Marriage Act of 1753, there was a fair amount of chaos and uncertainty about whether or not someone was legally married: a betrothal which was consummated was automatically a marriage, without any need to go to church.
] But what about the middle - the Regency period? Anyone know?
Whilst searching for something else I came across the following link. It's a register from 1644 to 1750 (I think) of all the non-conformists who married and died, etc. This was during the Persecutions ...
I don't know if it's of help. :) I think I have something at home which may shed some light on your question. If I remember to when I get home, I'll post it...
- Link: Northowram Register
- Marriages outside of C of E Leanne S 22:47:49 7/01/98 (0)
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