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'Virtue of a disposition' meaning **COMPLETED**
« on: Thursday 07 February 19 12:50 GMT (UK) »
I have a marriage record from 1637 which states the couple married by virtue of a disposition.  Can anyone enlighten me as to the meaning of that phrase please.   

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Re: 'Virtue of a disposition' meaning
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 07 February 19 12:58 GMT (UK) »
Does it mean the marriage was arranged, say by the Overseers of the Poor?  If the lady was pregnant and they did not want her to become a charge upon the parish maybe.  Though "Disposition" usually related to property.  Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will be along soon!
Pearson (Bradwell Dby & Stocksbridge)
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Crawshaw (Bradfield)
Evans (Bradwell Dby and Stocksbridge)
Crossley (Penistone)
Rogers (Nottinghamshire & Stocksbridge)
Bramall (Bradfield/Wadsley)
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Re: 'Virtue of a disposition' meaning
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 07 February 19 14:03 GMT (UK) »
Is it possible that the word is dispensation rather then disposition?

People married by virtue of various dispensations to exempt them from the rules regarding age, consanguinity and so forth.

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Re: 'Virtue of a disposition' meaning
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 07 February 19 14:04 GMT (UK) »
Was the marriage in Scotland?

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Re: 'Virtue of a disposition' meaning
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 07 February 19 14:15 GMT (UK) »
Is it possible that the word is dispensation rather then disposition?

People married by virtue of various dispensations to exempt them from the rules regarding age, consanguinity and so forth.

I was thinking that too.
Pearson (Bradwell Dby & Stocksbridge)
Donkersley
Crawshaw (Bradfield)
Evans (Bradwell Dby and Stocksbridge)
Crossley (Penistone)
Rogers (Nottinghamshire & Stocksbridge)
Bramall (Bradfield/Wadsley)
Walton (Hunshelf)

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Re: 'Virtue of a disposition' meaning
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 07 February 19 14:26 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for all your replies and yes, on looking at the word it is in fact dispensation, sorry!  It all makes sense now!

In reply to Bookbox - the marriage was in Sussex.

Thanks you for taking the time to help.


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Re: 'Virtue of a disposition' meaning
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 07 February 19 16:12 GMT (UK) »
There is a topic on RootsChat "Topic: Dispensation-why &what does it mean?" 
https://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=296296.0

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Re: 'Virtue of a disposition' meaning
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 07 February 19 17:46 GMT (UK) »
Thank you Stan, very helpful.

Karen