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Uncertain UnionsMarriage in England 1660–1753$
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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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Morland v. Morland, 1686

Morland v. Morland, 1686

(p.126) 13 Morland v. Morland, 1686
Uncertain Unions

Lawrence Stone

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a case study on valid clandestine marriage in England, focusing on the court case Morland v. Morland which was filed in 1686. This case involved public official and inventor Samuel Morland and Mary Bartlitt. Bartlitt pretended to be an heiress so that Morland would marry her. Their clandestine marriage was held in Knightsbridge in 1686. When Morland learned the truth, he filed a case to annual the marriage, which he won because of his court connection and royal help.

Keywords:   clandestine marriage, Morland v. Morland, court cases, Samuel Morland, Mary Bartlitt, Knightsbridge

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