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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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Beaumont v. Hurnard, 1706–1712

Beaumont v. Hurnard, 1706–1712

(p.153) 16 Beaumont v. Hurnard, 1706–1712
Uncertain Unions

Lawrence Stone

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a case study on valid clandestine marriage in England, focusing on the court case Beaumont v. Hurnard which was filed in 1712. The case centres on the marriage of Joseph Beaumont to Catherine May. Despite their families' objections, Joseph and Catherine May were married in a clandestine wedding in 1709. After Joseph's death, Catherine married Philip Waldegrave, and later Robert Hurnard. Hurnard filed a suit to recover Catherine's dowery from Joseph's estate. The Beaumonts filed a counter suit in an ecclesiastical court to declare Joseph's marriage to Catherine invalid.

Keywords:   clandestine marriage, court cases, Beaumont v. Hurnard, Joseph Beaumont, Catherine May, Philip Waldegrave, Robert Hurnard, dowery

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