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Lawrence Stone

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202530.001.0001

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The Revd John Vyse, 1691–1714

The Revd John Vyse, 1691–1714

10 The Revd John Vyse, 1691–1714
Uncertain Unions

Lawrence Stone

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a case study on clandestine marriage conducted in the Fleet Prison in England in April 1691. The marriage was between Moll Hawkins and John Vyse, who was then still no more than eighteen years old and an undergraduate at Cambridge University. In 1713, Mary filed a suit in an ecclesiastical court asking the Fleet parson Reverend John Vyse to provide financial support for their children and requested a separation on grounds of his adultery with Jane Robbins. The court ruled in favour of Mary.

Keywords:   clandestine marriage, court cases, Moll Hawkins, Reverend John Vyse, Jane Robbins, adultery, England, parsons

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