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Age of marriage consent?
« on: Thursday 11 February 21 16:08 GMT (UK) »
Up to what age did a girl need the consent of her father to marry?

I have found records where the girl is in her early 20's and married 'with the consent of her afther'
- so was the age of consent 25? - or was it a formal form of courtesy?

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Re: Age of marriage consent?
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 11 February 21 16:16 GMT (UK) »
I thought it was 21  :-\
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« Reply #2 on: Thursday 11 February 21 16:31 GMT (UK) »
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Re: Age of marriage consent?
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 11 February 21 16:34 GMT (UK) »
What era are we talking about?  It is currently 16 BUT will need the consent of parents and guardians.  I think that at one time it was 12, but I stand to be corrected on that one.

AMENDED -  The minimum age is currently 16 BUT will need the consent ..........

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Re: Age of marriage consent?
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 11 February 21 22:53 GMT (UK) »
Up to what age did a girl need the consent of her father to marry?

I have found records where the girl is in her early 20's and married 'with the consent of her afther'
- so was the age of consent 25? - or was it a formal form of courtesy?

Not much help from Mr Google!

Were they by chance between approx. 1812 - 1837 ?

I think this is the period when pro-forma certificates were introduced and only relevant details needed to be entered. One of them being 'with the consent of ________ '. This was often filled in, even though it wasn't necessary.

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Re: Age of marriage consent?
« Reply #5 on: Friday 12 February 21 01:05 GMT (UK) »
It also depends which country. Marriage laws were not uniform throughout the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Neither was religion.
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