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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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Griffin v. Griffin, 1712–1714

Griffin v. Griffin, 1712–1714

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Uncertain Unions

Lawrence Stone

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a case study on valid clandestine marriage in England, focusing on the court case Griffin v. Griffin which was filed in 1712. The case involved Edward Griffin and Elizabeth Harpur who were married secretly in April 1712 in Fleet Prison. When their fathers learned about the courtship, but not the marriage, Lord Griffin and John Harpur took the news very badly. Because of parental disagreement, Edward ended the relationship with Elizabeth and married Mary Welden in 1713. Just a few months after the marriage, Elizabeth filed a lawsuit designed to prove the validity of his marriage to Edward.

Keywords:   clandestine marriage, court cases, Griffin v. Griffin, Edward Griffin, Elizabeth Harpur, Fleet Prison

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