Re: Marriage 1903 Holborn
- From: myths@xxxxxxxx (cecilia)
- Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2011 15:46:49 GMT
Richard van Schaik wrote:
Question then is why as to my knowledge English certs for marriages do
not contain any about where born or what nationality. [...]
Because (before UKBA got involved) the important thing for an English
marriage was residence.
Foreigners could marry in England, just as English could marry abroad.
(A particular marriage at sea was ruled in the Courts in the 19C as
invalid - since the ship could be expected to make landfall at some
point ot other, and a marriage could then occur according to the law
of that country. The situation would have been different, apparently,
if the parties concerned had been ship-wrecked on an uninhabited
island with no hope of rescue in the foreseeable future.)
England didn't care whether the marriage of foreigners in England was
recognised in thier own country.
In the mid 1990s, at least three British living abroad found they
could not marry in England because they weren't living there, unless
they got an Archbishop's licence. One didn't try for it (it was only
his bride that wanted the UK; he felt she should get married from
home), the other two (a couple) asked, and were refused, on the
principle there was a perfectly good Anglican church in their current
area. (Times having changed, I gather they might well have got an
AoC's licence nowadays).
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