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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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Tipping v. Roberts, 1704–1733

Tipping v. Roberts, 1704–1733

23 Tipping v. Roberts, 1704–1733
Uncertain Unions

Lawrence Stone

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a case study on bigamous marriage in England, focusing on the court case Tipping v. Roberts which was decided in 1733. The case involved Robert Tipping, Sarah Roberts, and Elizabeth Hughes. Robert married Sarah in 1704 and they had several children. He left her in 1714 to marry Elizabeth. Sarah filed a suit to force Robert to settle a maintenance allowance to support herself and her children. Robert settled out of court and provided what Sarah demanded. Sarah again filed for support and this time Robert only agreed on the condition that Sarah would sign a document denouncing any further claims on Robert. This was the de facto equivalent of a divorce settlement.

Keywords:   bigamous marriage, court case, Tipping v. Robert, Robert Tipping, Sarah Roberts, Elizabeth Hughes, England, divorce settlement

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