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Marie/Mary Porrege [Porredge] - widow or not?
« on: Friday 31 August 18 22:14 BST (UK) »
Hi

Attached is a copy of the marriage of Richard Rucke and Marie Porredge dated 1 December 1590 from the Boughton under Blean parish registers [this is from Findmypast].

At the end of the line [after Marie's name] is a word which looks like "Wid" or "Wd" and which I am assuming is an abbreviation for widow.

What puzzles me is that Richard and Marie were married by licence and there is no indication in the marriage licence calendar that she was a widow. The calendar of Canterbury Marriage Licences 1568-1618 states:

"Richard Rucke of Boughton Blean and Mary Porredge of St Dunstan's, Canterbury. At Boughton Blean. 27 November 1590".

This makes it look like Mary wasn't a widow at all, but according to the PR entry she was [or at least it looks that way]. If she was a widow then who was her first husband? If she wasn't a widow what does that bit at the end mean?

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Re: Marie/Mary Porrege [Porredge] - widow or not?
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 01 September 18 16:30 BST (UK) »
I can't see anything that looks like Wid of Wd  :(

Do you mean the very far right hand side of the middle line?
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Re: Marie/Mary Porrege [Porredge] - widow or not?
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 01 September 18 16:49 BST (UK) »
Could it possibly say 'wed'

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Re: Marie/Mary Porrege [Porredge] - widow or not?
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 01 September 18 17:14 BST (UK) »
I can't see anything that looks like Wid of Wd  :(

Do you mean the very far right hand side of the middle line?

Hi

Yes at the end of middle line on the right of the image. This is what the text seems to say:

"The first of December were married Richard Ruck & Marie Porredge wid"

The "w" at the start of "were" and the "d" in "Porredge" look identical to the first and last letters in that word at the end of the middle line. The letter in the middle could be "e" but I don't think that would make sense.

I's odd that the Marriage Licence doesn't indicate that Marie was a widow - and if she wasn't a widow then what is the meaning of that abbreviation?

Matt