The History of Leith

April 14, 2006

Irregular marriages in the history of Leith, Scotland

Following on from the discussion here of “marriage by habit and repute”, I found a sidelight on Scottish irregular marriage in Marshall’s “The Life and Times of Leith”(John Donald, 1986). I’ll quote this at length since the book is probably out of print and hard to get hold of outside Scotland. It shows that the issue is much more than a legal one: religious democracy and the transition from the village to a proto-urban society were involved. for more click here

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