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Age of girl/boy to marry in England 1808 without/with permission
« on: Monday 20 November 17 16:53 GMT (UK) »
1. At what age could a girl/boy legally get married in England 1808 without permission.


2. At what age could a girl/boy get married in England 1808 with permission from their parents.
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Re: Age of girl/boy to marry in England 1808 without/with permission
« Reply #1 on: Monday 20 November 17 17:55 GMT (UK) »
This might help: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriage_Act_1753

It looks like parental consent was required under 21 if married by license, BUT if by banns then the parent had to actively dissent.
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Re: Age of girl/boy to marry in England 1808 without/with permission
« Reply #2 on: Monday 20 November 17 18:33 GMT (UK) »
If they said they were 21 and looked it then they could have got away with it. The marriage would be legal.

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Re: Age of girl/boy to marry in England 1808 without/with permission
« Reply #3 on: Monday 20 November 17 21:11 GMT (UK) »
The legal age for marriage was 12 for girls and 14 for boys until the 1929 Age of Marriage Act which made all marriages carried out from 10 May 1929, void if either partner was under the age of 16.
Marriages of minors, i.e. under 21, without consent after banns were valid, unless the banns had been forbidden by parents or guardians openly and publicly in church at the time of publication.
 If the marriage was by common licence an affidavit as to residence, absence of lawful impediment, and consent of the parent (if either party was a minor) was required to be made when the licence was applied for. However false swearing to obtain a licence did not constitute the crime of perjury. No kind of publicity was given to a licence application. Legislation did not say anything about a marriage being void if the licence was obtained under false pretences.

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Re: Age of girl/boy to marry in England 1808 without/with permission
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 21 November 17 09:09 GMT (UK) »
Thanks to all for the info.
Clark, Clarke, Batchelor, Diamond, Ruddick,
Yorkshire: Oaks, Denton, Sykes