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Offline skippaway

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X under the record in a burial register
« on: Thursday 05 March 20 10:07 GMT (UK) »
On researching my family came across a death by suicide.  In the burial register there is an X beneath the age on the record.  There are not many X's in the register.  Can anyone confirm my belief that this denotes buried in unconsecrated ground. Thanks

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Re: X under the record in a burial register
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 05 March 20 10:50 GMT (UK) »
Welcome to rootschat, skippaway.

Which country and about when, please?

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Re: X under the record in a burial register
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 05 March 20 11:26 GMT (UK) »
Welcome to RootsChat
What is the date? In England and Wales an 1823 statute legalised the burial of suicides in consecrated ground, but religious services were not permitted until 1882.
 In 1882 this law was altered by the Interments (felo de se) Act, 1882, where every penalty was removed except that Interment could not be solemnized by a burial service .and the body may now be committed to the earth at any time, and with such rites or prayers as those in charge of the funeral think fit or may be able to procure, but the minister had to perform the burial service if the verdict was of "suicide while of unsound mind", or"temporary fit of insanity".

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Re: X under the record in a burial register
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 05 March 20 13:34 GMT (UK) »
Thank you to both of you for responding.  The burial was in 1846 and the death certificate did say under temporary insanity so I think you have answered my question.
Thanks again