Prohibited marriages

In Badsey, as within many close-knit communities of the time, there were a number of cousins marrying cousins and step-relatives marrying step-relatives. A few people were unable to marry and had to live together as common-law man and wife, eg until 1907, even though no blood relative, a man was forbidden to marry his dead wife’s sister. The following list shows the forbidden partners for marriage as stated in The Book of Common Prayer of 1662.

A man may not marry his:

A woman may not marry her:

1

Grandmother

1

Grandfather

2

Grandfather's wife

2

Grandmother's husband

3

Wife's grandmother

3

Husband's grandfather

4

Father's sister

4

Father's brother

5

Mother's sister

5

Mother's brother

6

Father's brother's wife

6

Father's sister's husband

7

Mother's brother's wife

7

Mother's sister's husband

8

Wife's father's sister

8

Husband's father's brother

9

Wife's mother's sister

9

Husband's mother's brother

10

Mother

10

Father

11

Step-mother

11

Step-father

12

Wife's mother

12

Husband's father

13

Daughter

13

Son

14

Wife's daughter

14

Husband's son

15

Son's wife

15

Daughter's husband

16

Sister

16

Brother

17

Wife's sister

17

Husband's brother

18

Brother's wife

18

Sister's husband

19

Son's daughter

19

Son's son

20

Daughter's daughter

20

Daughter's son

21

Son's son's wife

21

Son's daughter's husband

22

Daughter's son's wife

22

Daughter's daughter's husband

23

Wife's son's daughter

23

Husband's son's son

24

Wife's daughter's daughter

24

Husband's daughter's son

25

Brother's daughter

25

Brother's son

26

Sister's daughter

26

Sister's son

27

Brother's son's wife

27

Brother's daughter's husband

28

Sister's son's wife

28

Sister's daughter's husband

29

Wife's brother's daughter

29

Husband's brother's son

30

Wife's sister's daughter

30

Husband's sister's son

Notes

1907 Marriage Act – Number 17 removed, provided the wife had died, ie a man could marry his deceased wife’s sister

1921 Marriage Act – Number 18 removed

1931 Marriage Act – Numbers 6 & 7, 8 & 9, 27 & 28, 29 & 30 removed from the list

1949 Marriage Act – Confirmed the 1931 situation, but a different order and more distinctive names were used, eg father’s mother and mother’s mother for grandmother Number 1; the numbers removed in 1931 were put into a separate table, indicating that these relatives were prohibited if the affinity link was alive, but permitted if the link was dead


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