Posted by P. Bingham on September 12, 1998 at 22:57:58:
In response to Oddities of Scottish and Irish Marriage Law, written by SuzanneR on September 12, 1998 at 00:59:09
] Anyone else ever read this book, or hear of this law? I feel rather sorry for the priest who committed a felony by officiating over such a marriage]
I've not read the book but the law is well known. Much of what the Irish were was outlawed, their language and their religion included, being under British reign. And so no Catholic wedding was acknowledged, whether the couple was Catholic or no. In order for the British to acknowledge an Irish wedding, the couple had to be marreid by a Protestant clergyman. Of course, the Catholic Irish considered themselves unwed if married merely by a Protestant clergyman, and so they would have a clandestine wedding illegally performed by a Catholic priest.
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