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Uncertain UnionsMarriage in England 1660–1753$
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Lawrence Stone

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202530.001.0001

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The Churchwardens of Hingham v. The Churchwardens of Snettisham, 1713

The Churchwardens of Hingham v. The Churchwardens of Snettisham, 1713

(p.88) 7 The Churchwardens of Hingham v. The Churchwardens of Snettisham, 1713
Uncertain Unions

Lawrence Stone

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a case study on forced marriage by the parish in England, focusing on the case Churchwardens of Hingham v. Churchwardens of Snettisham which was filed in 1713. This case involved mentally retarded Margaret Cooper and an idle fellow Edward Buck, who were supported financially by the Snettisham and the Hingham parishes, respectively. The churchwardens of Hingham claimed that Edward was forced to marry Margaret in order to transfer to them the financial responsibility for the couple.

Keywords:   forced marriage, churchwardens, parishes, Margaret Cooper, Edward Buck, financial responsibility

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