Ways to Marry
Posted by SuzetteR on September 05, 1998 at 21:48:46:
In response to Special Licences and other things for a runaway marriage, written by Rachel on September 05, 1998 at 01:40:49
] All right--I know that a special licence was very costly and obtained through a bishop, etc, etc; but I was wondering something else--there was something between the banns and a special licence, I'm pretty sure . . . wasn't there a marriage licence obtainable from the local clergyman that you could marry a girl in your parish?--I don't really know a lot about this . . . could someone maybe give me more details about this, please? Thank you!
In the Church of England reading the banns consisted of announcing the intended marriage for three consecutive Sundays from the Parish pulpit. The marriage (within three months of the announcement) was valid if nobody objected during one of the announcements. A Special License was expensive and could only be gotten from the Archbishop of Canterbury, with it one could get married anytime, anywhere and it . Local clergy could issue a license (it cost a few pounds) that enabled two people to get married in a Parish where one party lived for at least 15 days. There was also a civil license for Catholics, Jews, and Dissenters which allowed you to be married in a church ceremony or a registrar's office--but I think that became available in 1830's, after the Regency period. In the Regency period any man or woman under 21 ears of age need parental consent to marry.
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