Friday, 20 November 2015

Thanks to Troon & Ayrshire Family History Society

A huge thanks to Troon & Ayrshire Family History Society ( last night for their warm hospitality at Pentland Church, where I gave a talk on the history of Scottish marriage laws, the various forms of regular and irregular marriage to be found in Scotland, what you might find in the records, and where to find them. A very different story to the English one you normally read about in the magazines - Lord Hardwicke, etc - as our last form of irregular marriage was only abolished in 2006!

Lots of great feedback from the society after, and it's always nice to head down to Troon - albeit last night in the midst of a minor storm! A couple of pics from the event:


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