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20-10-2007, 7:19 PM
I have a marriage between a Willam MOFFAT and a Margaret Morrison WATERS in 1899 that took place in Glasgow at the address listed on the GROS entry as the home of William MOFFAT.
Has anyone else come across this in their family history research?
21-10-2007, 2:38 AM
I have a couple of my ancestors marry in the home of the bride's father. I do not know if this is because there was not a church for their faith in the town and they had a traveling priest. There may have been a reason that they could not marry in the Church, or preferred to keep the wedding private.
You also have an answer in relation to Glasgow on your other post.
21-10-2007, 11:29 AM
I have come across marriages at home where the bride must have been obviously pregnant!;)
30-10-2007, 3:12 PM
It was & still is legal to marry almost anywhere in Scotland.
Very few people married in Church -most people would be married by their Minister/Priest in the Manse/Vestry.Too expensive to heat/light a whole Church so most people opted to be married at home or in the Vestry or the manse.
Some Ministers/priests would also refuse to marry a couple in Church if the woman was pregnant.
My parents were married in the local Town hall by their Minister as my Mother had relatives who were RC& as she wished them to attend(one was her bridesmaid) & would not enter a non-catholic Church -it went the other way too.
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