The History of Leith

February 17, 2013

Marriage in the 17th century

23 Octoler 1634.—Compeared Mungo Zeull
& became cawtion for Adam Patersone that he
sail marie Dorete Jacksone betwixt and witsonday.
(Note.—When parties gave in their names for
marriage a certain sum of money was deposited or
caution given and if the marriage did not follow in
due time the money was forfeited for the use of the
poor. The amount varied according to individuals,
e.g., £5 or £10, and sometimes when money could not
be deposited some valuable, such as a ring, was taken in
its place.)

source-South Leith Records

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