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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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Rudd v. Rudd, 1720–1730

Rudd v. Rudd, 1720–1730

(p.158) 17 Rudd v. Rudd, 1720–1730
Uncertain Unions

Lawrence Stone

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a case study on valid clandestine marriage in England, focusing on the court case Rudd v. Rudd which was filed in 1720. This can involved the sixteen-year-old baronet Sir John Rudd and young servant called Lettice Vaughan. Rudd secretly married Vaughan in her room. By January 1721, the news of the marriage seeped out and Rudd was sent by his family to Holland for his education. When Rudd came of age, his family mounted a deliberate campaign of deception to lure Lettice into a second, bigamous marriage in order to dissolve her first marriage. Lettice then married John Blackman. She later learned that Rudd was still alive when he filed a suit for separation on grounds on her adultery with Blackman.

Keywords:   clandestine marriage, court cases, Rudd v. Rudd, John Rudd, Lettice Vaugh, John Blackman, adultery, separation

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