Echard v. Townshend, 1704
This chapter presents a case study on valid clandestine marriage in England, focusing on the court case Echard v. Townshend which was filed in 1704. This involved the Reverend John Echard and Fanny and Frances Townshend Frances. Echard had a liking for Frances but the Townshend family had set a trap to force him to marry the unattractive Fanny. This story illustrates how parents sometimes used clandestine marriage to trap an unwary man or woman into an unwanted marriage alliance with their child.
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