Banns question.....

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  1. Sis

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    This may have been answered elsewhere om the forum and I apologise if it has.

    After the third week of marriage banns being called is there a time limit as to when the marriage has to take place?
     
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    Generally, they are called three months before the wedding.

    Just asked my daughter who married not so long ago, and she doesn't really know; I think she just went with the flow. :rolleyes:
     
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    Thanks BH. I forgot it was 3 months.:rolleyes:
     
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    I always understood that banns are called on the three consecutive Sundays before the marriage. I've never heard of a gap of three months although I guess there could be a period of grace before the banns are deemed void.
     
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    Hi Sis,
    I have a couple in 1824 who’s banns were read on May 30th, June 6th & June 13th and then married 2 days after on 15th June.:p
     
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    Good old Lord Hardwicke and his Marriage Act of 1753 said....

    so no time limit set but the inference is that they should immediately precede the marriage date.

    However, by the time of the Marriage Amendment Act of 1949, it said that no more than 3 months should pass between the last Bann being read and the marriage taking place. :)
     
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    This marriage was 1861. I have browsed the parish register from immediately after the banns were called and up until the end of the year, but no marriage. So either a different church or they changed their mind. They
    are not on FreeBMD, but they could have just been missed in transcribing.
    Thank you all for your input.
     
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    Or perhaps she saw the bullet coming and dodged it :oops:
     
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    He was a sailor, maybe he had a woman in every port.;)
     
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    Don't really KNOW anything about this, but am dragging up memories from my school days. Banns were pinned to the notice board in the foyer of our church (and we used to read them avidly). From memory a date for the wedding was included in the notice, so my guess is that they were published for 3 consecutive Sundays just before the actual ceremony and only after the date had been set. Bill and I were married in a Catholic Church but I have no idea if banns were published or not - I have to confess that I never looked!!! I'm not sure if "mixed marriages" (which ours was) had banns published or not but given they were frowned upon (or tolerated at best but with what I can imagine were very pursed lips) maybe they weren't?

    Sorry, Sis, not a deviation in the road but not very helpful either, wot?
     
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    Oh no! Not the dreaded Catholic/Protestant union. :eek:
    Sure glad we have moved on. :rolleyes:
     
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    "This marriage was 1861. I have browsed the parish register from immediately after the banns were called and up until the end of the year, but no marriage. So either a different church or they changed their mind. They
    are not on FreeBMD, but they could have just been missed in transcribing."

    Did the banns say which parish the two parties belonged to (they should) and if so, have you checked the other parish named? They would only be allowed to marry in one of the parishes named. I am assuming you cannot find any marriage that corresponds to the banns - if so, and if it's not on the indices, I think you can presume it didn't take place.
     
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    Thank you Philippa. Every little bit helps.:)
     
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    Thank you Steve. Unfortunately after the Groom's name it just said RN, but after the bride's name it said of this parish and that was the parish register I checked. He was in the Navy so think that the RN means Royal Navy.
     
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  15. Bay Horse

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    Three months is, I believe, the time limit - which is what I meant. :oops: Posting whilst half asleep again.
     
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