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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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Mordaunt v. Mordaunt, 1707–1711

Mordaunt v. Mordaunt, 1707–1711

(p.217) 22 Mordaunt v. Mordaunt, 1707–1711
Uncertain Unions

Lawrence Stone

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a case study on forced clandestine marriage in England, focusing on the court case Mordaunt v. Mordaunt which was decided in 1711. The case involved Reverend George Mordaunt and Susan Forbes, the latter who had a reputation for living a lewd and scandalous life. George had a relationship with Susan and later a son, who died shortly after birth. Soon afterwards George abandoned Susan and married the wealthy widow Catherine Dormer. Susan filed a lawsuit to get a share of George's fortune but George also filed a counter lawsuit. The litigation lasted from 1707 to 1712 in three different types of courts, including civil, criminal, and ecclesiastical.

Keywords:   clandestine marriage, court cases, forged marriage, Mordaunt v. Mordaunt, George Mordaunt, Susan Forbes, Catherine Dormer

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