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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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Preston v. Matthews, 1695

Preston v. Matthews, 1695

(p.85) 6 Preston v. Matthews, 1695
Uncertain Unions

Lawrence Stone

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a case study on forced marriage, focusing on the case Preston v. Matthews which was filed in 1695. The case involved agricultural labourer Richard Preston and maidservant Mary Matthews. Mary became pregnant and she accused Richard of being the father of her child. The case was heard on February 1695 and Salford officials forced Richard to marry Mary in order to transfer the financial responsibility for the child to the alleged father. After the marriage, Richard, realizing that he had been abused and wronged, filed a case to have his marriage to Mary nullified.

Keywords:   forced marriage, Preston v. Matthews, Richard Preston, Mary Matthews, pregnant, financial responsibility

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